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  1. Here we are a week into October already. Beautiful day here is southern PA. The leaves are beginning to change. Our turners have been quite busy this week, so lets get started. Our Patriot Turners- A while back, @DRAGON1 asked if one of our members could turn a large coffee mug. @Gerald came through with TWO mugs- More in Dragon1's post- Speaking of @Gerald, he is experimenting with some new inks to add color to his turning- Gerald tells us more about this piece in his post- Gerald also showed us a rough turned walnut bowl he is making. Check out the purple hues in the wood! You can see more of the colors in Gerald's post along with how he is drying the blank- @Masonsailor started a new project project for his wife- Check out his post to see how he got to this point and take particular note to the awesome drawing his wife supplied! @AndrewB gave us a heads-up about a fantastic perk from Easy Wood Tools. Those wonderful folks there are providing veterans, active duty military and first responders a 10% discount. Thanks, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools !!!!!! Andrew has been really busy this past week with lots of different bowls. In this post he provided a video of turning a yellow birch bowl- And, in this post, Andrew gives us a look at a couple of purple heart bowls- Check out some of the comments about the use of a drive spur- I pulled this from another forum here at the Patriot. I think it is fitting- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information and the link to registration. For The Newbies- In @AndrewB's post on turning the purple heart bowls, the topic of drive spurs was discussed. When seating the drive spur, it is advisable NOT to use a steel hammer. Making a mallet, to set the drive spur is an excellent, practical project for the any turner. Mike Peace shows us how it's done- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson turns this walnut platter into an awesome work of art- Rick Turns makes a "Termite" hollowing tool. There are 2 parts to the build. The second part is linked from this video- Tim Yoder uses a Banksia pod and some casting resin to create a really neat turning. In this video, Tim uses a pressure pot to eliminate bubbles. Recently the Alumilite company has marketed a product call "Deep Pour" resin that has practically eliminated the pressure pot requirements. I haven't tried the product yet but the videos look promising. New Turning Items- Here's something you don't need to buy! This tool can provide accurate thickness measurements of walls and bottoms of turnings. Thanks, @Gerald for giving us a look! Gerald explains a little more about this tool in his post- Everything Else- @Kevin the turner posted information in the Veterans Corner about free tools for veterans. If you know a qualified woodturner, this link might be something that will help- Here is Kevin's original post- Rick Turns added a couple of YouTube entries for woodturning videos- and- Safe turning and stay well
  2. Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the first day of October! One of own, @Charles Nicholls, could use some prayers and good thoughts. Charles is in the hospital and hopefully recovering but if you could take a moment and send some positive energy his way, I'm sure it will be appreciated. A little more information is here- EDIT EDIT EDIT--- Just received word that Charles has been moved from the hospital to a rehab facility. Things are looking up! Our Patriot Turners- Last week @Masonsailor showed us his beginning Christmas present project. He has added even more to that post- @AndrewB must sleep by his lathe . He has completed several projects this past week. First up are a couple of maple bowls- His post explains what he did- Next, he used up some of his scraps and turned a small bowl- Andrew used some of his poplar to turn a couple of bowls. Notice his skill level improves with each project. Check out the wall thickness on these - The astute observer will see that Andrew's lathe went from Wen orange to Harbor Freight green. His Wen lathe was having some issues with losing power and erratic speed control- His HF lathe uses a Reeves drive speed adjustment and doesn't slow down much below 600 rpm's. Andrew experiment with a speed controller but experienced some difficulties. Thank goodness @Larry Buskirk, was around and helped him determine what was happening and why. What’s Coming Up- If this pandemic has had a positive side, it's that woodturners all over the world are turning to virtual demonstrations. Those of us who cannot afford to travel can still learn from their teachings. If your woodturning club is looking for this type of event, Glenn Lucas is offering large group/club instruction. https://www.glennlucaswoodturning.com/product/1½-hour-remote-demo-to-a-woodturning-club/ For The Newbies- Getting the smoothest possible finish, directly from your tools, will reduce sanding time and expense. There are a couple of techniques, using traditional tools, that can really help. Lyle Jamieson demonstrates the "push" and the "pull" cuts Finally, here is an unedited Q & A video from Mike Waldt where he answers some questions about how to hold your work on the lathe- Expand Your Horizons- Really nice, short video from Alumilite explaining the Science Behind Resin: Epoxy vs Polyurethane- Looking to create that one of a kind turning that no one will believe came from a lathe? There is a product called "compressed wood" and it can free your imagination. This article is from is from the AAW AW2906p25-291.pdf Last week we saw a video for turning a "square" bowl. Here, Mike Peace turns a "three corner bowl" New Turning Items- Getting the consistent grind on your gouges can be frustrating. Ron Brown has come up with a set up block to help make repeatable grinds- https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=737 Our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, shared a video from Tracey Malady. She demonstrates the EWT mini hollowers. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! Everything Else- Last week's YouTube turning videos from Rick Turns- Ready to ride off into the sunset (baby shower)- Safe turning and stay well
  3. Another week in the books. We've had a beautiful stretch of nice weather here in South Central PA. Unfortunately it has been so dry that the forest service is predicting very muted colors on the trees as the the leaves change. Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor reminded us that Christmas isn't that far away! He has started in on his gifts already He received lots of positive comments on this ice cream scoop- Of course, @Ron Altier is always prepared for Christmas! He gave us a look at a couple of new ornaments he turned. As always, Ron's pieces brought lots of comments- See his post for the process and finish he used- @AndrewB has been busy with bowls. The first is a pair made of Bhilwara wood. Check out this post for his description of what he did and some of his techniques. He also posted a Canary wood bowl. With this one, Andrew wasn't sure about the shape. Please see his post and give him your thoughts on it Andrew also worked on a couple of birch glue-ups to turn into bowls- In his posts he shows us how he did the glue-ups and also included a video on the turning process- What’s Coming Up- I couldn't find any new events. I suspect the folks who organized the Virtual Craft Festival on YouTube will have another event but I cannot find any definitive information on this. For The Newbies- A several informative videos this week. First, Mike Peace helps us sort out the various parting tools and their uses- Gouges! What's the difference? Here's a video that explains the differences between spindle gouges and bowl gouges @AndrewB said he was having trouble using his new inertia sander. I found this video, from M. Saban Smith, explaining how to use these sanders. This starts at about the 5 minute mark- Expand Your Horizons- @HandyDan was kind enough to send me the link to this video. The author demonstrates how to turn a multi axis "square bowl". Really Cool and you get 2 bowls from one glue-up! As noted earlier, @Ron Altier and @Masonsailor have been working on Christmas ideas. Here's one from our generous sponsor, Woodcraft, on making a keepsake ornament- I found this interesting. I'm a jig junky and will spend days building jigs that I would probably would not even need. Here is an example of what can be done with knowledge from the right person- New Turning Items- Sorry, save up your lunch money. Maybe next week! Everything Else- Rick Turn's list of YouTube videos from last week- The rocking horse is nearing completion. Mimi has the mane finished and the tail is almost ready to install. Safe turning and stay well
  4. Geeze, September already! Pretty busy week here for our Patriot turners Our Patriot Turners- @Smallpatch posted this in another forum but it directly applies to everyone turner here. THINK SAFETY!!! @PatriotWoodturning showed us some of the beautiful bowls he has turned- Check out his posts to see more of his fantastic work! And speaking of bowls, @PatriotWoodturning gave us a look at his method of drying his bowl blanks. Our turners added their thoughts to his post- @Gerald is working on a gorgeous natural edge vessel. Gerald shows us what he started with and a little about the project. Our members had some questions about the finish and Gerald provided his thoughts. @Gunny added a practical project, he turned, to last week's "Wednesday's..." Always nice when you can make something better than the original. @AndrewB turned a small gobblet from a glued up blank. What made this different was Andrew uses a pen mandrel to hold the piece. Andrew included a couple of videos to document his progress. Our turners were not sure this was the best way to hold the work. You can check out their responses in Andrew's post. @AndrewB also showed us his birch bowl project. Andrew includes a progress video in his post Several members offered advice on getting a smooth surface to reduce the need for aggressive sanding. What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder that the Worldwide Woodturners Symposium is less than 3 weeks away. There is an extensive list of demonstrators/topic for this event. Click on the above image for the link to all of the events information and registration. The folks from Highland Woodworking are offering online courses. How about learning to turn a platter? Registration is at- https://rocknchairman.com/store/Turning-Platters-with-a-Plan-p223503245/ For The Newbies- I found this video in last weeks list of Rick Turns YouTube videos. Pretty good explanation of using the bowl gouge and reducing tearout. I really have difficulty when it comes to turning things that have a pleasing shape. Creating something that doesn't remind me of a neanderthal rock bowl is my achilles heel. Ernie Conover put together a short video showing various bowl shapes as an aid to developing an eye for more desirable pieces. Expand Your Horizons- Our buddy Tim Yoder is really turning THIN! He explains how it's done in this video- Holding your work on the lathe sometimes requires some imagination. Mike Peace explains the use of jam chucks and friction chucks- New Turning Items- Using an electric drill for lathe sanding is OK but sometime it just doesn't permit access to every angle. The drills can be heavy and tiresome to use. I just ordered one of these and looking forward to trying it out. From Woodturners Wonders- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube videos from last week- A short video about woodturning and anxiety. I know it helps me with some of my demons- Safe turning and stay well
  5. 50 years ago, I started teaching at the local Vocational School. After retiring, I continued to substitute for another 17 years. This year I finally decided to officially retire. We'll see how it goes. Our Patriot Turners- Last week, @Artie posted about his new toys he won in our raffle and asked about any additional equipment he needed to get started. Tha post generated a lot of great ideas. But @Cliff added something very important about lathe speed and safety- From Cliff's post, I found this article- Yamaguchi_SafetyMatters.pdf @Ron Altier reworked his "canary in a cage". Ron describes what changes he made in this post- @PostalTom got a beautiful new bowl gouge! Tom reviews his purchase in his post along with a minor problem. Our turners really jumped in to help him out! Both @Gerald and @HandyDan provided links to instructional videos on bowl gouge use- @FlGatorwood has authored an fantastic blog that every Shopsmith owner should checkout. Each part of the blog is linked to the next. It all starts here! @FrederickH asked the group for their experiences with African Blackwood. If you've turned this, maybe you can provide him with your suggestions- @AndrewB Showed us a purple heart bowl he finished Andrew tells us about this turning- We continue to have conversation on the thread about casting without a pressure pot- What’s Coming Up- About a month ago, a group of turners held a free YouTube event. Each turner presented a demonstration highlighting their talents. It's happening again! This time they have more presenters and the entire program is spread out over 16 hours on Saturday August 22. Check this website for complete details and schedule of presenters. https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/?fbclid=IwAR328neTuOcNMHGc_9bz_DL_FPXmwc1zDEKsaHS4v2TmhQdTmMRDaBnGSMo For The Newbies- The Woodworker's Journal has a nice tutorial by Mike Peace on making a Birdcage Awl- The entire tutorial is at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-birdcage-awl/ @PostalTom's bowl gouge entry reminded me of how poorly I sharpen my own gouges. This is a very informative video on how to "fix" improperly ground bowl gouges. I think it might be just what I need- Expand Your Horizons- A lot of us are getting to the age where we need to take medications on a regular basis. Mike Peace turns a nice little pill holder. I think it will also work for hearing aid batteries- Stabilizing soft/punky wood has typically called for a vacuum chamber/pressure pot and a stabilizing liquid. I have relied on StarBond CA glue to harden/stabilize turnings due to the lack of that equipment . It has always worked pretty good although it can be expensive if the piece is large. Here is another method of stabilizing without the aid of vacuum/pressure. The author uses a 2 part acrylic and acetone to make a solution that soaks into the wood. The mixing instructions start at about 3:15 in the video- I sent a message to the folks at Alumilite to ask their opinion. Their response was that they had never tried it. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of new items- First, their sanding bundle- Second is a new lubricant. This one is suited for use on their CBN wheels- Click on the images for the links to these products. Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week- Haven't been to the lathe this week- making rolling pin blanks. Lots of stock milled and the glue-ups started. Each pin requires 4 individual glue-ups and trims before they go to the lathe. Second step in glue-up waiting for trimming Trimmed pins dadoed and waiting on third glue-up One in the clamps; one hour wait. Safe turning and stay well
  6. 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
  7. ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO GET IN ON THE AWESOME RAFFLE-FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE PATRIOT WOODWORKER! Another active week here for our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB received an African Padauk blank which he turned into a beautiful bowl- Andrew takes us through the process in this post- And a Myrtlewood bowl Here is more on this one- Andrew also is trying his hand at pen making. He showed us a couple of his attempts in these- and this one- Andrew went back and picked up on a previous post and several of our members offered additional tips and hints @Gerald is adding detail to one of his bowls with carvings Gerald is certainly a man of many talents! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is hosting another live, virtual demonstration in a couple of weeks! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- @AndrewB mentioned he ordered and received a new bowl gouge. Sharpening and reshaping the gouge is probably going to be on his list of first things to do. Here's a video from Mike Waldt demonstrating this steps. Once the gouge is sharpened, you can turn more than a bowl with it- Expand Your Horizons- If your eyes can stand the strain, here's a project, from Woodcraft, that's sure to be a hit- If that's not quite what you want to tackle, try this from Mike Peace- This is sort of specialized and it's from an idea that AndrewB brought up. Andrew was applying epoxy to some wooden cups to make then suitable for liquids. If you are considering something like this, the folks at Alumilite have a video on the process but you'll need a "cup turner". They are available at hobby supply stores but can be built for a few bucks. This idea works great for applying run free finishes, too! New Turning Items- Something new from Ruth Niles Bottle Stoppers You can find more information at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/stainless-threaded-inserts/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders have their 1" Purple Power Sanding Discs available- Prices and quantities are at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/purple-power-1-sanding-discs Everything Else- Mike Peace's videos from last week- Some would say I'm addicted to Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). OK, I AM! But that doesn't mean I don't know how to use the "old time stuff". I got a bunch of wild cherry and have been roughing out bowl blanks. Just to prove I can turn with antiques- OK, so the next one I cheated- Safe turning and stay well
  8. We have had a fantastic week here in the Turner's Forum! Questions, comments, tips, projects, the whole picnic lunch! Please remember we are just a few days away from wrapping up our annual fundraiser. We still need $64.99 to meet our goal. If you haven't made your donation, you are missing a chance at some awesome prizes! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is making progress on the Live Oak platter he started back in June. See his addition to the original post to learn how he handle a warping problem. @Ron Altier created a spectacular ornament from some glued-up scraps. It is amazing how shapes can appear in lathe turnings. @AndrewB must sleep in his shop! He has been working on a couple of projects this week and you can really see how he is improving his techniques and expanding his horizons! First is his small walnut bowl- Then he received a larger piece of purpleheart and created this beauty- Both of these posts generated a tremendous amount of discussion on techniques, tool use, and general design! After last week's "Wednesday's..." @Gerald posted a comment about some Easy Wood Tools for sale. I'm reposting it here for everyone. Looks like a good deal on some great tools! What’s Coming Up- Highland Woodworking is offering woodworking live online opportunities. Here is a video as a sample- and the link for more information about their offerings- https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/onlinewoodworkingclasses.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Sign+Up+for+Highland+Woodworking+LIVE+Online+Classes!&utm_campaign=HW+live+online+classroom+-+third+send For The Newbies- As @AndrewB was working on his purple heart bowl, @Gunny came across a video from Easy Wood Tools and Tracey Malady turning a small bowl. It's worth a watch- Expand Your Horizons- Usually the emails from Cooks Woods are about their lumber for sales. This week a different content caught my eye. Included was a link to making a Pepper Grinder. The process does require a few precise forstner but they make wonderful gifts. What I found interesting about this particular presentation was the outside was done first and then the holes were drilled. A day or so later I found another video on pepper mills but with a completely different shape- New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has a new product available. This spindle buffing kit is a more economical alternative to the Beall Buffing System. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/spindle-buffing-kit/ Although not new, the Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers are perfect for making those small Christmas ornaments - Through one of my social media accounts, I see that StarBond Adhesives has a new medium thick dark brown CA You can check it out here- https://bit.ly/32GgTrA Everything Else- Rick Turns' weekly video list is available- Last week I mentioned that I had turned some cherry forms and they were soaking in a soap/water solution. After a couple of days, I pulled them out- Packed them in shavings Then put them in paper bags with more shavings They rest for a while- probably a week- and then the final turning/finishing. The other cherry is waiting for turning. One piece got rough turned into a bowl- Right now, it is soaking in the solution. Safe turning and stay well
  9. Fairly active week here on our forum with lots of posts and discussions- Please remember that we only have about 2 weeks left to reach our fundraising. Plenty of Raffle tickets left. If you haven't made a donation, please consider it- One last bit of housekeeping. Please remember to add Tags to your posts. The tags make it easier for folks to find similar information throughout our site. Tags can be materials used, tools used, techniques used, finishes used, turner's names, object types, etc, etc. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been busy with his turnings. He is experimenting with various finishes as well as giving us a glimpse of his new toys to drool over! In one post Andrew took us along as he progressed through the making of this cup- He received lots of comments and there was a great back and forth as he worked on it. Andrew is working on a set of these hollowed forms- He gave us a nice pictorial journey with this on- Andrew also got a shipment of new toys. I hope he has had time to wipe off the slobbers from everyone drooling over them. You can see the rest of the haul at- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda continues to do live demonstrations. Check out her schedule at- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html For The Newbies- I have an account on Reddit. While doing a little exploring, I found this in the Turning Forum- https://www.reddit.com/r/turning/wiki/index Quite an extensive list of information for beginners and experienced alike. A nice project that can help you transition from spindle turning to glue block/chuck turning. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-trivet-and-wine-caddy/ This project is from the latest Woodworker's Journal Woodturning Monthly. The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email A lot of discussions centered around chucks this week. Here's a video on making a specialized chuck- the Longworth Chuck- Expand Your Horizons- We all like to think our workshops are perfectly laid out and will never change. But just in case, here's Ernie Conover discussing moving one of the heaviest pieces of equipment in the shop- Got an email from Ruth Niles the other day. In it was a repost of an article about selling your work. It's amazing to see how many "Makers" actually earn a comfortable living from their talents. Sorry about the formatting. "Can you make a living with your craft? Here are some excerpts from HANDMADE Business magazine article written by Patrice Lewis. Plus I injected some tips from my own personal experience! Finding your unique niche will probably be the single most enormous hurdle to overcome. The reason this is difficult is most people focus on making items they themselves like. You must consider what competition there is for that particular product and how many others share that interest. Can you make your craft item fast enough to meet demand. If you can only make one a week, you won't be able to make a living. You have to make your item fast enough, without loss of quality, so you can sell them at a moderate price. WHOLESALE vs RETAIL How to market your product will come down to determining if your craft business will be wholesale or retail. Retail is you, you, you: you sell the item, you go to craft shows, you open the storefront, you develop a web page. You probably will need help because if you're doing all this, you won't have time to make any new items. The good part is you keep all the sales money and charge retail prices. By selling wholesale, you don't have to worry about the time and expense of being away from home to sell your craft item. The craft shows are a lot of fun but are also a ton of work and preparation and you have to make a lot of products that you end up bringing home time and again! When you wholesale, you know what to make and how many. Statistics show, while most crafters still prefer retail shows, more revenue is generated from wholesale markets. DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB ...... YET. Rule #1: Until your craft business is profitable, you must live below your means. Don't make the mistake of blowing your early profit on luxuries like restaurant meals or unnecessary electronics. Rule #2: Ditch the debts. Pay off excessive credit card balances, pay down car loans, etc. Watch your spending so you are not tottering under the load of debt. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Can you look at your items unemotionally and rationally to determine which have the potential to be built into a successful business and which should stay as a hobby. Naturally we love what we make and the suggestion that not enough people would be interested in buying that particular item is sort of insulting. TARGET YOUR MARKET You won't do well selling hand-carved dolls at a motorcycle rally. Motorcycle people are not passionate about carved dolls! It's not a marketing match. Carving and painting or making bottle stoppers with hot-air balloons to sell at a Hot-Air Balloon Festival is perfect: or apples at an apple fest. SELF-MOTIVATION (this is my nemesis!) Doing a craft as a part-time hobby and applying yourself to a full-time home craft business is quite another thing. It's not hard to be in your shop producing, it's all the boring stuff that is the hard part. Those who know me, know I really hate the computer work on my website, making ads and doing bookkeeping. Also marketing research is necessary and not a lot of fun. This takes self discipline. No sleeping late and playing solitaire on the computer thinking "I have all day to get all the bowls done." " Last week we mentioned the use of tenos or mortices for a turning. "Rick Turns" posted a video illustrating what can go wrong if the wood isn't solid- New Turning Items- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared information about two of their new products. They have completely redesigned their parting tool. It permits deeper cuts than their previous parting tool. It still has the replaceable cutter, however, the new design replaces the cutter and its holder. The carbide tip is permanently affixed to the holder. No more lose tips to worry with. The second new product is a really handy set of flexible templates to help you create the exact sized mortise/tenon for any of the EWT chuck jaws. No need to hassle with calipers, compasses or dividers. Included is a magnetic holder to keep them right on the lathe ready for use. The set I ordered came today and they are so easy to use! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- Started playing with the cherry logs. One of the logs I cut into blocks to try some hollow forms. Once it was rounded, I cut it in half. Less waste. Then created this form. It's partially hollowed. The wood is very wet and needs to dry before continuing. I've been experimenting with the soap solution drying method to reduce cracking. The piece will stay submerged for a couple of days, then moved to a bag of shavings. We'll see what happens. The other half of the block had a split. Turned it into a rough bowl. Got to use the EWT template for setting up the mortise. It's rough turned and submerged in the pot with the hollow form. Safe turning and stay well
  10. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our annual fundraiser/raffle. There are some awesome prizes to be had! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created some entirely different type of ornaments than he usually does. Even though they weren't done on the lathe, I think they deserve a spot here in our forum. Ron describes the process in his post- @AndrewB is putting his Wen benchtop lathe through its paces! He is turning another candle holder from a glued up blank Check his posts for our comments and the discussion about this turning- What’s Coming Up- The 2020 AAW virtual Symposium is happening soon! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. This popped up on one of my social media accounts today. Click on the above image for the link to more information on this FREE YouTube event. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools !! For The Newbies- Tim Yoder is often referenced here. He has a way of making learning enjoyable. Tim has posted a video where he answers questions from those who follow his videos. There are some excellent tips included. Ever wonder what is the best type of finish for your turning project? Woodworker's Journal made available an article, from Ernie Conover, describing several popular turning finishes- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/five-quick-and-easy-woodturning-finishes/ Woodturners Wonders has lots more on their site than just items for sale. I found this helpful article on choosing sandpaper- The information is primarily centered around their own brands but general enough it can be applied to other makers as well. https://woodturnerswonders.com/pages/which-is-the-right-sanding-disc-to-use Expand Your Horizons- Most of us are familiar with segmented turnings. Lots of pieces, precise angles, tedious glue-ups. This young man has taken it to a whole other level! As you watch the video, check out the shop made jigs! New Turning Items- We previously mentioned Woodturners Wonders. They have a special sale on their sandpaper. If you need any, these are some pretty good prices- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week- Well, that piece of spalted maple will no longer mock me. Not because I've made something of it but rather it is one of those pieces headed for the burning pit! Just too soft and punky inside. I've turned my attention to a small piece of black locust. It is the leftovers from a larger log that was used for a bowl. Centering up the faceplate. Enlarging the screw holes- not too deep! Four screws should do it. Laying out the recess for the chuck jaws- shop made gauge for tenons and recesses Create the dovetail. Cheap old tool converted to dovetail cutter On the chuck. Tail stock in place for safety. Outside shaped. Used the Easy Wood Tools rougher with the R2 cutter. Smooth! Starting to hollow out. Who says carbide tools don't make curly shavings!!! Note the tail stock is still engaged in the turning. Really adds stability during the hollowing phase. Sam Angelo's depth gauge. Sides about 1/8" thick, bottom around 3/16" Life got in the way at this point. When I looked today the bowl has warped. There was still moisture in the locust. That's gonna make sanding a little more difficult. Safe turning and stay healthy
  11. Well, June is over half way done and summer begins on Saturday! It was almost a "4 For" Mimi and me. When we were married it was the first day of summer (and the longest day of my life the year). This year the first day of summer falls on June 20. Had it been one day later we could have had Fathers Day, first day of summer, longest day of the year and our anniversary all at once! Please remember that our annual fundraiser/raffle is being held. We still have a ways to go to meet our goal. Check out the details at- Our Patriot Turners- I think the last 2 weeks must have maxed out the Patriot's bandwidth with all of the discussions here on the Turner's Forum. If you missed it last week, @AndrewB was working with his new lathe. We all pitched in to offer advice and the discussion continued well past Wednesday. This picks up the discussion from late Wednesday- @AndrewB showed us some more of his turnings and shared some of his frustrations- Andrew also was wondering about food safe finishes and showed us a new toy he purchased- Please head over to Andrews posts and see if you can offer any suggestions or ideas. Member @Skippack posted a picture of a beautiful maple bowl in our gallery- Please give him a big thumbs up for this awesome piece! @Gerald turned a thin end grain bowl. Gerald explains some of the process and what happens next- @Gunny gave us a look at his gorgeous, finished Lazy Susan- You can read the entire thread here- What’s Coming Up- @Gerald gave me a heads-up for another virtual turning demonstration. Please check this from last Week's "Wednesday's..." Don't forget Cindy Drozda has scheduled additional demonstrations- You can find all of the details at http://cindydrozda.com/ For The Newbies- Last week we mentioned how the different carbide cutter rakes work on a turning I was making. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was kind enough to provide this PDF file from Easy Wood Tools that illustrates their cutting characteristics- Why is rake important in woodturning Final rev 6.11.2020.pdf The Woodturning Monthly newsletter arrived. There's a really great article discussing how to cut bowl blanks from trees. Great illustrations! The entire newsletter can be viewed at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- Rick Turns just uploaded a video on turning a bowl from a piece of Mulberry. He then embellished to finished bowl using aan unusual idea- New Turning Items- Our new turning item last week was a heavy duty drive spur. @Gerald provided a link to another one This one has removable/replaceable blades- Click on the image for the link to more information. Woodturners Wonders has a new light available- Click on the above image for the link to more information Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- I have been following along with @AndrewB's post and his progress with his turnings. Andrew's projects are mostly face glued blanks then mounted with a face plate- perfectly acceptable. But I got to thinking (I know that's dangerous for me!) that instead of flat face glued pieces, longer strips glued-up in a blank can make for some interesting turned patterns when "spindle" turned. Here's an example of what I was thinking- That elm bowl got finished up and Mimi has already given it away- Just mineral oil and beeswax Safe turning and stay healthy
  12. Hope this Wednesday finds everyone healthy and still sane. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is holding up well under the lockdown. He finished up a sweet little ornament that has a whole bunch of glue-ups! Here's his post- @Gerald had a new comment one of his beautiful bowls in our gallery. Check out his post and read about the tree species- What’s Coming Up- It has been tough coming up with shows and symposiums. Last thing I read was that the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners are unsure if they will be able to have their symposium in the fall. For The Newbies- If you turn with traditional tools, sharpening skills are necessary to keep the tools cutting at their best. Sometime the sharpening process can change the tool cutting tip profile. Here is a video, posted by Woodturners Wonders, showing how to correct the profile on a bowl gouge. From their Facebook feed, Jet Tools has a series of short videos tips for their tools. If the hand wheel, on the tailstock, is getting stiff- here's a cleaning tip- There's an entire series of these tips at- https://www.youtube.com/user/JETTOOLSUSA/videos Need a mallet to set the drive spur? Check this out! https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/turn-a-better-mallet/ Expand Your Horizons- You know I'm a jig junky. This is an idea that can really create some interesting effects- Part 2 is linked from the video. Mike Peace shows us how to make a footed bowl- New Turning Items- Recently, I was reading a discussion about which scroll chuck to purchase. The author was lamenting about the hassle of changing jaws. Several of the responders indicated how many different chucks they owned. It seemed to me, if they were to have purchased the Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) chuck, they could save the hassle of changing jaws and a ton of money to boot! This video, from Tracey Malady, shows the versatility of the EWT awesome Easy Chuck. Everything Else- This past weeks videos from Rick Turns- Last week @Gerald asked to see that antagonistic spalted maple bowl. I used a beeswax/mineral oil finish. There were so many soft/punky places embedded within the harder wood that it was impossible to a completely smooth surface. There is also that hole left from where the ingrown branch went diagonally through the piece. As a glutton for punishment, I pulled out an elm, roughed out blank from a bag of shavings. Maybe I'll have better luck this time- Safe turning and stay well
  13. Well the weather here in South Central PA is finally starting to look more like spring. Only 3 days in the last 4 weeks have had above average temperatures. Maybe I can get some plants into the garden! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald turned a gorgeous vase from chestnut oak. Not only does it have a beautiful shape, Gerald also finished it with various stains to create fantastic depths of color. Gerald explains more about his process in his post- Gerald also posted some of his turnings in our gallery- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is having a special live video demonstration! "On May 23, 2020, I will be offering a Live, Interactive, Woodturning Demonstration where I show you how I turn my signature Finial Box. This is an internet presentation that you can watch from your home, on a computer or TV. You will be able to ask questions and I will answer you in real time. After the demo, I will be online to chat. Come join me!" For The Newbies- Sharpening traditional turning tools can be a challenge. Here, Mike Peace demonstrated how to sharpen a both a standard and curved radius skew- Sanding a turning is my achilles heel. No matter how hard I try and how long I work, there always seems to be those obvious scratches. The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a blog section on their website and I found this article to be interesting- https://woodturnerswonders.com/blogs/news/41247428-the-art-of-sanding Expand Your Horizons- Not everyone is a fan of gloss finishes. I discovered that when I sent a little walnut form to a friend as a gift- after he said how much he liked it. He stripped the gloss finish and made it matted and cut the finial length in half. Anyway, if you do enjoy glass like finishes, Mr. M. Saban has a three part video set on his methods. These were live demonstrations so they tend to be a little lengthy. Part#1- Parts #2 and 3 can be found at- https://www.youtube.com/user/workingimage/videos New Turning Items- Woodcraft, one of our site sponsors, has some new forstner bits. They are available in both metric and fractional diameters. They are supposed to stay sharper longer. Everything Else- Rick Turns has started publishing his list of YouTube videos in a weekly format. My idea of the ebony feet on my arch nemesis bowl was a complete failure. My thoughts were to keep the feet small so as not to be the focal point. I just don't have the talent for graceful proportions. I think I'll just put a finish on it and call it done. Inside- Outside- Safe turning and stay well
  14. Well, normally this would be Tax Day but this year is anything but normal. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier did a couple of really neat "pulls". Even in the dark, you can tell the function of each. Here's Ron's explanation of what he did- Ron also showed us how he displays some of his gorgeous ornaments! Head over to his post to see some more of his work- What’s Coming Up- In case you missed it, here is yesterday's video from Woodcraft's "Turning Tuesday". Frank turns a salt and pepper set- As you can see, Frank is no stranger to those Easy Wood Tools! ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) For The Newbies- Mr. David Reed Smith has a new project available. His well documented projects are free to view but they are also available in PDF format for an very small fee. This particular project is well suited for the beginning woodturner and would make a nice gift for any youngster. Check out Mr. Smith's tutorial here- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/RainbowPegDolls/RainbowPegDolls.html The Woodturning monthly newsletter is available. Lots of interesting information- Here's the link- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- A project that none of us really wants to consider, nevertheless, we just might be asked to make one of these. Mike Peace has a 2 part video on making an urn. Mike details how to use commonly available PVC components to create the threaded lid. Part #2 is linked from Mike's channel- Bottle stoppers are always a nice gift to the host or hostess. The Woodworker's Journal has a nice article on turning some cool examples. This article uses cork stoppers but there are some really great stainless steel ones available. I get mine from Ruth Niles- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ We live in an area where Amish and Mennonites are prevalent. I copied this stopper from one that I saw in Ruth's shop- Easter is over but that gives you time to make one of these "Cadbury Eggs" for next year. Carl Jacobson shows us how! New Turning Items- In several videos, from different turners, I've seen this tool in use and it looks pretty handy. Sam Angelo shows us how to make one- This second video shows a little more about the tool- Everything Else- I've been playing with a piece of spalted maple. I wanted to make a symmetrical shaped bowl but was having trouble getting the upper and lower halves even. Then this popped into my head- I used this Duplication gauge and flipped it back and forth until the halves were even. Sanded the outside. This will not be one of those mirror finishes! Soft spots and cracks. Rechucked it and started hollowing. There was a rotten branch buried in the center. Not sure how much meat will be left when I get to the bottom of the defect. Using the depth gauge to determine the bottom thickness. Still have a little ways to go. That missing chunk on the rim is where the rotten branch started and proceeded diagonally thru the piece. Safe turning and stay well
  15. I wish I could say this is all an April Fools joke, but... Two posts this week I thought were extremely important even though they didn't deal with turning. The first from @Ron Altier about isolation. This can be a real deal breaker for some folks. I'm glad we have each other to help fend off those feelings. The second was from @Kevin Beitz wondering why more of us weren't posting on the forums now that we are asked to stay home. With all of the doom and gloom bombarding us from all sides, some of us just can't get the juices flowing enough to really enjoy time in the shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Lissa Hall showed us her first turned bowl and it is a beauty. Lissa turned it from cedar- Check out Lissa's post and give her kudos on a great turning! @Masonsailor continues to finish up his lazy susan tulips. He have us two updates this week- and- Our old friend @Charles Nicholls is still cranking out his great stuff. Charles showed us what he is up to on a post from last Friday- New member @marshall posted an inquiry about learning to use a Ringmaster from Peter Merritt. He has received a few comment but hopefully some of you can direct him to more information- What’s Coming Up- "Turning Tuesday at Woodcraft" is a new video presentation from our sponsor. This is from their YouTube channel- "We are starting a weekly live video series where we hang out in the shop and make something. As of right now Tuesdays at 2pm Frank will be turning one of our project kits. We will hopefully be adding more streams as well. Make sure you follow us on social media to stay up to date." For The Newbies- There are pretty much as many ways to turn a project as there are turners. Here's a nice video on turning spheres without any special jigs- Expand Your Horizons- Last week we posted a rather lengthy video on getting into resin turning. Woodcraft has a written tutorial for those wishing to give it a try. You can read it at- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/resins-for-rookies New Turning Items- Sorry, could find anything this week. Everything Else- With everyone trying to stay safe, some turning clubs are using virtual meetings to keep in touch. I think some of our turners, here, have done this. Here is a video from Mike Peace going over some thoughts and ideas. And for your enjoyment, a little something from our good friend Tim Yoder- Safe turning and stay well
  16. Lots of activity this week! Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor continues to work on his tiered lazy susan. Check out what he has accomplished this past week! @Gerald decided to fancy up some of his "fire sticks" with textures- Gerald explains his methods and what tools he used to create the designs, here- Gerald also gave us a link to some beautiful turnings that can be purchased- @Woodbutcherbynight isn't one to let things go to waste. His beautiful wood and glass goblets provided the extra materials to create these gorgeous candle holders- He explains more in his post- Woodbutcher also gave us a heads up on a nice 2 part video by Mike Peace on making a turned jewelry box- @FlGatorwood used some "fog" wood to turn some beautiful rolling pins- He created a really nice pictorial of the process used in making these- @John Morris posted a picture of a "traveling lathe". Pretty Cool!! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- The Woodworker's Journal posted a nice article on a beginners guide for lathe tools and sharpening. Although primarily for traditional turning tools, they do mention carbide insert tools. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/beginners-shopping-list-for-turning-tools-and-sharpening-gear/ Mike Waldt has a nice video that shows us we may not need as many of those turning gouges as we might think- Expand Your Horizons- Sorry, couldn't come up with anything really exciting here this week. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of interesting things. First, if you belong to a club, you can gat a nice discount for ordering from them. They also have a nice sanding package for the next couple of days- You can find there website at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- I wanted to try out the texturing tool that Mike Peace developed. Some of the parts were in my junk box so it wasn't going to be an expensive lesson if I failed. I found the bronze bushings at the Fastenal dealer and that's the only thing I had to purchase. These bushings had a different O.D. than the ones Mike referenced so I made up the difference with a wooden insert. Then pressed the bushing assembly, along with a small magnet, into the brass plumbing nipple. Used JB Weld to secure the bushing assembly. To reinforce the brass tube, I turned a maple dowel to fill the void behind the bushing assembly and pressed it into place. Next, turned a handle from a scrap piece of wood and drilled the end for the brass tube- The pressed the tube into the handle- Cut off the ned of a copper elbow and pinned it with a nail to act as a ferrule. Tried it on the hollow vessel I've been playing with- Before- After- Safe turning
  17. There are still a few days 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 Been thinking that maybe I might get started on Christmas shopping, next week...maybe... Our Patriot Turners- Our members have been really active this week. Lots pf projects and comments- @Ron Altier has been working on ornaments. He posted three of his latests creations- Ron's post has more details on how these were made- Unfortunately for Ron, not all the attempts turned out as he expected. One of his acrylic pieces didn't hold up- He received some interesting comments and suggestions to his post about this failure- One of the comments was from @Woodbutcherbynight who suggested he might try Corian materials and posted some of his fantastic pens that use that material- @Woodbutcherbynight also showed us some of the fan pulls he is making. The little beauties are really something! Here's his post on them- Gunny is the big winner this week with the most posts! He turned beautiful segmented bases for wine and champagne glasses. You can see how he did the glue-ups and turning in his posts- This shows his clamping jig- We have a revival of an older post. Back in the summer @John Morris asked if any of our members were familiar with the Ringmaster turning device. At that time he received a bunch of input. Some of our newer members recently discovered the post and have added to it. Check it out and see what's new! @Pauley asked for help and ideas on dust collection. Seems he is turning Bubinga and needed some advice on how to handle the dust and chips. Please head on over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- @Gerald is holding us in suspense waiting to see the item he creates from a piece of Azobe wood. He was gifted the wood from a turner friend. Check this topic to see more about the wood! What’s Coming Up- This weeks club- http://www.lasvegaswoodturners.com/ For The Newbies- AS your turning experiences expand from spindle work to bowls and hollow vessels, it becomes necessary to be able to gauge the thickness of the walls of your turnings. Some turnings, i.e. shallow bowls, you can use your fingers to determine the thickness. But, as the depth increases, differents tools have to be used. Here is a video, from Sam Angelo, on making wall thickness gauges- Expand Your Horizons- Photographing your turnings can be challenging and frustrating. Member @Gerald has an excellent blog on photography and you can check it out at- I recently came across a video from Mike Peace on this subject. He shows us some of the shop made items we can use to help make our photos a little better. Also, Rick Turns has his November You Tube video listing available- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a sale on their Wonder Weave sanding discs https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- The latest edition of the Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived. There is a link to a really great article on vacuum chuck systems. https://www.woodturningonline.com/ When I turn a utilitarian bowl, I usually use a recess for the jaws- just the way I learned and I find the bottom foot is a little larger. However, the recess makes it more difficult to judge the thickness of the bottom. While looking at Sam Angelo's wall thickness gauges, I found a video he posted on a nice, shop made jig that accurately measures the bottom thickness on recess and tenon methods. My version mimics his with only minor additions- The fixed headstock spacer- The movable depth indicator- Calibrating the fixed spacer- The end of the spacer is set to be on the same plane as the end of the chuck/jaws being used Calibrating the movable depth indicator- The threaded rod is adjusted to be on the same plane as the base of the movable portion- When correctly calibrated, the depth rod will touch the jaw surface when the bottom sliding part touches the fixed part. To use, position the threaded rod against the bottom of the turning. Observe the space between the fix and sliding parts of the jig. The distance is the thickness of the bottom of the turning. Here is Mr. Angelo's video- Safe turning
  18. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We still need about $500 to meet our goal. While we are giving thanks for what we have, let us not forget about those who sacrificed so much to provide us with that opportunity. Our Patriot Turners- We have had an outstand running thread this past week from @MountainGaurdian. He is setting up his lathe and turning some really neat projects! There have tons of comments, questions and answers. Naturally, this item caught my eye- Please checkout his turnings and jump into the conversation! Ed, also asked us if we had any suggestions on what he could do with these little items- no smart aleck comments please . They are burls from his pine tree. Check his post and maybe you can offer some suggestions. @HandyDan posted a slick tip in our Woodturning Tips section. Pretty cool idea! What’s Coming Up- Last week we posted a turning club from the state of Washington. Heading south to Oregon- Click on the image for the link to this club. Our friends from Spiracraft have a list of all of the woodworking shows they will be attending in 2020. Here's the link for more information- https://spiracraft.com/the-woodworking-shows/ For The Newbies- Mike peace has a nice video explaining the use of faceplates when turning. Check out his shop made jig for assuring the faceplate is centered over the turning blank- Expand Your Horizons- Well, it's been a week of sea urchin turnings. Using these shells was quite popular some time back. Looks like was goes around, comes around. First, Cindy Drozda shared her two part video for creating an urchin ornament. Ms. Drozda has lots of great tips on preparing the urchin skeleton, as well as making her famous finials. Part 2 is linked from Ms. Drozda's YouTube channel. Not to be outdone, our ol' buddy Tim Yoder also posted his sea urchin ornament. Check out his use of those fabulous Easy Wood Tools! New Turning Items- Ruth Niles' newsletter came this week and I noticed she has added a couple of new items to her inventory. She now has 2 sizes of espresso coffee tampers - 53mm for home coffee makers and 57mm for commercial machines. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/coffee-tamper/ She also has a meat tenderizer that can double as a cookie press! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/meat-tenderizer/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders are running specials thru the month of November. Check out some of their products at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- The new lathe is up and running! I've started making Christmas presents from a walnut log. Not sure how old this piece is but it is bone dry. Turned and sanded the outside of each bowl using the faceplate. Now it's reversing the pieces and hollowing them. One of the pieces will have a maple lid with a knob. That one will go to my shop teacher. Some of the bowls have burned accent stripes and textured designs. For Mr. Ostrasky- I was watching Bradley McAllister on monday and he was complimenting the folks at Easy Wood Tools by quickly dispelling the myth that carbide tools can't produce long wooden shavings. It reminded me of something I read on another turning forum about how you can't get smooth surfaces from carbide cutters. This is the surface of the walnut using the Easy Wood R2 negative rake cutter ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- No ripples!! Safe turning
  19. A little different format this week. No lathe and different scenery There were some additional comments and information about @HandyDan's finials. Please see his post for what was said- @Kevin Beitz is looking for a non-typical lathe head stock. Check out his request and see if you may know where he can locate one- @Gene Howe gave me a heads-up on a group that is helping combat veterans thru woodturning. Please checkout this YouTube video and share it with others to help get the word out- Rick Turns posted the September woodturning videos list- It's not too early to start thinking about turning those Christmas ornaments. Here, Sam Angelo does a birdhouse- And, Mike Peace let us know about this ornament contest- Mike Peace also added a video on making a tail stock cone center. These are very useful items especially when turning projects that have drilled/hollowed centers. Safe turning
  20. Joe Zeh has produced a video tutorial series for CabWriter 3 and Sketchup. Part #1 can be located at- https://youtu.be/aPz0TeS9RJc The rest of the videos are linked from Mr. Zeh's YouTube channel
  21. Here's hoping those Patriot members, in or near the path of hurricane Dorian, are safe and well. Our Patriot Turners- @Billy B posted information about his latest basket weave illusion. If you haven't seen his work, you MUST head over to his post and see the miracle transformation he does with a piece of maple! To say our turners were impressed is an understatement- What’s Coming Up- The Ohio Valley Woodturning Guild's symposium is October 17-20. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Turners often would like to sell their pieces but may not always know what route to take. The "Router Forums" has an article that may answer some of those questions. Clicking on the above image will direct you to the article. Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a great video on bowl turning. The Easy Wood turning tools really do make turning a lot easier! Expand Your Horizons- Arguably, Cindy Drozda is the master of finial turning. Her skills at the lathe are reflected in all her work. In this recently posted Youtube video, she demonstrates her skills. Use this link to view the video as it cannot be embedded- https://youtu.be/qL0czX5iQjc If tiny is your thing, check out Tim Yoder's recent post on making goblets! Listen for Tim's endorsement of the Easy Wood Chuck at about 45 seconds into the video! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders are stocking a new sharpening system for lathe tools. The Kodiak Sharpening system, used in conjunction with your grinder, helps make sharpening easier and more accurate. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-systemhttps://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Spiracraft is now stocking pressure pots and vacuum chambers as well as resin casting chemicals and supplies. Check out their new stuff at- https://shop.spiracraft.com/product-category/resin-casting/ Everything Else- Rick turns posted his August update for YouTube woodturning videos. Thank You, Rick! Seems like it has been months since I was able to spend time at the lathe. You may remember my failure as I was practicing a hollow vessel. Failure or re-design opportunity. I hate to give up. The hollow vessel was turning into a small oddly shaped bowl. Maybe I could make a lid! Now, the astute observer will notice that an item that has often been the brunt of jocularity has been replaced. The little bowl has a hat! The outside spiraling was done with a Sorby spiraling tool. The inside spirals were a happy accident using the new Easy Wood Tools mini straight hollower. The little hat needed a top OK, I took it a little farther. I wanted to try something different. The spiral embellishment is covered with copper leaf. The texture telegraphed through the copper but I probably should have cut the spiral a little deeper to provide more definition. I still need to finish the entire piece with a protective coating. Probably clear gloss poly. It was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools- with the exception of the spiral detail. I am calling this piece- "Klaatu Barada Nikto". Safe turning
  22. Our Patriot Turners- @FlGatorwood gave us a heads up about a new "OneWay" lathe that can be used while sitting. Several of our turners have devised their own methods of using a lathe in a sitting position. Check out Steve's post for the link to the lathe and some of the comments and ideas our turners offered- By the way, @FlGatorwood is feeling a little under the weather lately, How about we all send him some positive thoughts and good cheer! @Gerald posted a new topic in the turners tip section. If you have considered textured embellishments, check out Gerald's tip- What’s Coming Up- A reminder that the Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is getting closer- Click on the image for a link to the presenters and their rotation! For The Newbies- Your new lathe came with a "knock-out bar". It probably works great for the manufacturer's supplied equipment. However, as you upgrade to newer accessories, you might find the bar leaves a little to be desired. Mike Peace has a nice video on making a better bar- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a thin walled Maldrone bowl. The first part of the video is filled with great tips on prepping this special wood (the second part is linked from Tim's YouTube channel)- New Turning Items- Carl Jacobson posted a YouTube video demonstrating some new turning accessories. I think we mentioned the magnetic light a while back but here's your chance to see it in action! Everything Else- The AAW is making available another free download of one of their recent magazine issues. Follow this link for your free download- https://www.woodturner.org/page/FundamentalsSpecialCompIssue Rick Turns has his July woodturning videos list from YouTube available- Safe turning
  23. Quite a wide variety of things this week. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted a question concerning his lathe's faceplate. He was having difficulty removing the faceplate after use. Our turners offered several suggestions and modifications. Head on over to Ron's post and see if you can add anything to what was discussed. @Gerald added a really great tip to the Woodturner's Forum tip section. He gave us a link to an article using the bandsaw for cutting bowl bland. Lots of good information- @John Morris Asked for information on the "Ring Master" tool for making bowls. Several of our members gave him their opinions. Please check in on this post and help John out with his inquiry- You know, our turners are the absolute best bunch of folks! @HandyDan posted his thanks to @John Morris for gifting him a buffing system. Dan is our pen making expert and this system really helped him improve the finish of his bullet pens. What’s Coming Up- More information and registration for this September event can be obtained at- https://gawoodturner.org/symposium/ For The Newbies- We want to thank @Gene Howe for passing along this reminder. Safety is really important, not just for beginners, either. Expand Your Horizons- I run hot and cold on what type of finish to put on a turning. Sometimes the function of the turning dictates the type of finish. Other times it is up to individual tastes. I really like the "feel" of the wood when you touch the turning while others prefer a more "finished" feel. If you like the high gloss finish, here's a video from M. Saban-Smith on the steps he uses to get a glass-like finish- New Turning Items- We found a couple of new items. From Woodturners Wonders, a small bit holder for use when sharpening. More on this holder is at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools/products/small-tool-bit-holder Second, it a new item from Ruth Niles. Ruth calls this one a "Tab Popper". This should be a hit with the ladies to protect their nails. Ruth has more information and images on her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/niles-tab-popper/ Everything Else- The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=062019 . I know many of you do club demonstrations. There is a nice article about remote demonstrations in this issue. You can check it out at- https://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/articles.php?articlesid=127&access=bb51e4e9a315 Rick Turns has the May edition of the YouTube woodturning videos. Please add a comment to Rick's posting. A lot of work goes into cataloging this data- I made a trip up to the Woodcraft store and now have been playing with my new Easy Wood Tools mini hollowing set ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). I had a really dry, hard chunk of cherry. Used the straight hollower to make a bracelet. Shavings came off like it was green wood! Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. I had some maple, from a tree we had removed, setting behind the garden shed. When I cut into it, I discovered it had spalted. Couldn't let that go to waste although it is quite punky in places. Mounted a small chunk and went to work. I drilled a 1/2" hole down thru the center and then shaped the outside. I flooded the surface with CA to help stabilize the punky wood. Using the 0°, 45° and 90° tools to hollow out the center I made a wall thickness tool from an idea I stole from a Mike Peace video. He recommended spring steel wire but all I had was coat hanger wire. As you can see, I need more practice and a better thickness gauge. The bright light near the top is where I sanded thru the surface of the turning. It was extremely soft there. The lights near the bottom show thru REALLY thin walls! Side view from one angle, looks pretty symmetrical. Looking closely, you can see where I sanded thru at the neck. Turned 90° and now the asymmetrical neck can be seen on the right. The soft part sanded down quicker than the harder grain next to it. I just couldn't bring myself to pitching it. Made a jam chuck to finish the bottom- As fragile as the piece was, I needed to get it out of the chuck without banging on the sides. Air pressure to the rescue! When I make a wooden chuck (or glue block), I drill a small centering hole completely thru the wood. Turned out to be a good habit. And there you have it. Gonna play around, using the mini hollowing tools to create a small finial. Not sure about the finish, yet. Safe turning
  24. I hope you all find this series as interesting as I do. It's carpentry and more but, carpentry and more done at a craftsman level. Kinda like TOH on steroids. Here is the play list to make it easier to follow. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRZePj70B4IwyNn1ABhJWmBPeX1hGhyLi
  25. This guy's philosophies and wealth of information, combined with his gentle, non judgmental delivery is a pleasurable experience. The link below is just one of his videos. His others are full of great info about the tools and materials we use. Well worth the time.
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