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  1. From summer to winter in 3 days. You gotta love Pennsylvania weather! There's still time to get your ornaments into Easy Wood Tools and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! If you are making some basic ones that will need finished, they have volunteers waiting! Check out @John Morris's post for more details and where to send them- Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornament, or turners have been busy! @Ron Altier sent our friends at Easy Wood Tools these beauties- There was a bit of confusion as to the identity of the maker but it all got straightened out in the end- Ron also showed us a new type of design that did not require any turning- Check out his post in the General Woodworking forum- Last week Ron posted a thread on his "Inside-Out" ornament. Several of our turners added to the discussion by showing us some of their work and procedures. Here is the post again so you can catch up- Ornaments weren't the only thing happening here this week! @JohnM got himself a mighty fine new (used) lathe. He received lot's of comments about his purchase- John was not the only one getting new stuff. @RustyFN got a great deal on a new chuck and a bunch of jaws! @Cliff put his metal working lathe to work and redesigned his wood lathe dust collector system. Check out his post for additional information and the discussion from our members- @Steve Krumanaker turned one of the most beautiful maple bowls you will ever see. The grain in the wood is stunning. More images and our members compliments are here- @Ron Altier asked if any of our turners had ever worked with one of these pen kits- The discussion that followed ventured into the area of pressure pots and stabilization- @Gene Howe posted a link to a shop made jig for sharpening gouges. It is similar to the Wolverine jig. Here is the link, however, you'll have to copy and then paste it into your browser. Our site software won't paste it directly as a link- http://lumberjocks.com/projects/397921 What’s Coming Up- Virginia Woodturning Symposium Sponsored by the Virginia Woodturners, Inc. November 3 & 4, 2018, Expoland - Fishersville, VA http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/?utm_source=Regional+Event+Virginia+10+12++2018+&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email For The Newbies- I really appreciate @Gerald's suggestion for items in this new area. One f the first techniques for a new turner is making a spindle. Mastering this type of turning leads to all kinds of interesting projects- rolling pins, candle holders, salt/pepper devices, etc. Here is a 3 part video showing the various stages of creating a spindle that eventually becomes a spinning top- Of course there are many, many sources for learning to turn. Hands on instruction can't be beat. If there is a turning club in your area or a Woodcraft store, check them out! Expand Your Horizons- Last week I posted a video from the WyomingWoodturner on bowl embellishment. Here is one more from Sam Angelo showing the process in more detail- New Turning Items- Although I've never made one, canes are a popular item. If you are thinking about this as a project, you may find this item useful- More about this at there site- https://www.treelineusa.com/e-z-cane-handle-fastening-system.html Safe turning
  2. Praying for the folks in the Florida panhandle. I know we have at least a couple of our "family" members located near there. Hurricane Michael is doing a number in that area. Just a friendly reminder that @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is asking us to send him an ornament for the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree. More about this project can be found in @John Morris's post- Some of the ornaments all ready for the tree were posted by @Jim from Easy Wood Tools here- I've added some changes to the "Wednesday's..." format in an effort to appeal to more turners. Several of our turners are kind enough to add comments about the content and I really appreciate it. I just wonder if the material, I've been posting, is covering a broad enough spectrum. Any input is greatly appreciated and my skin is thick enough for serious criticism. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom is heading up the woodturners picnic, for the club, to which he belongs. Members make articles to be raffled off. Tom created several items using Easy Wood Tools. Looks like we have us a convert!! See more of what Tom made and his thoughts about his first "in charge" position- @Gerald gave us a glimpse of his workshop/lathe area. He certainly has an efficient setup and more than one of our turners drooled all over their keyboards as they posted their comments- @Ron Altier offered up another beautiful ornament. This walnut inside-out turning has has some special "body work"- Ron explains in his post- What’s Coming Up- Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. Check out their website for more information and a list of demonstrators- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc&llr=lgmecmkab&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Regional+Event+TAW+10+10+2018 For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video explaining the various calipers used in turning. He demonstrates their use and some handy setup jigs- Expand Your Horizons- The Wyomingwoodturner, Sam Angelo, created a two part video on embellishing a bowl. He uses a combination of texturing, gilt and paint. Part 2 is linked from his Youtube page- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a new sample pack of their "Wonderweave" sanding screen. This is similar to the Abranet sanding screen but considerably less expensive. These 6" discs are Hook & Loop Sanding Discs - Package of 25 discs, 5 each of 5 grits: 800, 1200, 1500, 2000, 3000 Wonder Weave Pro Net . Check their website for prices and other grits/sizes/shapes as well as a whole range of other turning supplies. Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his YouTube Turning Videos List for September- The October Woodturning OnLine newsletter is also available. One of the projects is a Halloween oriented ornament tutorial from Craft Supplies USA. The tutorial can be found at- http://blog.woodturnerscatalog.com/2012/10/turning-a-bat-house-ornament/ The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Safe turning
  3. October already but the weather is more like early September. At least it isn't raining! Please checkout @John Morris's announcement concerning the Easy Wood Tools ornaments. Let's all pitch in and help load up the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! You don't have to be the most experienced turner to create some neat items for their tree. Here's a couple of really easy spindle type items- Remember, you don't have to paint/decorate the turnings. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools told me they have volunteers who can do that. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools has been honing his hollowing skills. Check out this beauty- his first attempt! Jim posted his description here and received lots of positive feedback- @Ron Altier has created another gorgeous ornament. Ron always finds creative ways to embellish his turnings. He received lots of comments and Ron exposes his source for some of his materials- @RustyFN posted a fantastic seam ripper he made as a gift. Lots of interest in his technique and he answered questions about how he produced such an awesome finish- We had a couple of questions this week. @hawkeye10 asked about purchasing turning chisels. The group is pretty much split between the standard tools (gouges, etc.) and the newer carbide tools. Please head on over to Hawkeye's post and give him your insights and experiences. Hawkeye also posted images of his newly cleaned/restored lathe. It sure is a beauty- @Ron Altier asked about the cushioned micromesh sanding abrasives. Ron was curious about sanding speeds and what materials could be sanded with this product. Check his post and the responses. If you have any tips or hints that will help him, please give him the information- @Gerald posted two excellent videos on lathe maintenance. I know I need to do preventative maintenance more often. From The Internet- Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared a video from Tracey Malady. In this one, she turns a bowl with an internal rim. You get to see the EWT hollowing tools in action! On my old lathe, I had a honing wheel mounted to the "left" side of the headstock. It was really handy for honing tools during turning. Mike Peace demonstrates how to make one of these for sanding or honing- Tim Yoder put up a video about turning a pumpkin. I'm sharing it here not so much for the project but for Tim's concern for safety when turning large pieces. Everything Else- I did get to spend a little time at the lathe. I'm working on the last two ornaments to send to Jim Luley for the EWT Christmas tree. The first one is made from a piece of spalted maple. The "finials' are also maple but ebonized with india ink. The second one is from a blank I glued up a while back that was intended for salt/pepper grinders but that never happened. It's a combination of walnut, maple and cherry. I used a jig designed by Mr. David Reed Smith to create the balls. Everything was completely turned with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
  4. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! Well Pennsylvania has set another record- We have had only 4 days without measurable rain since July 1. Gimme a break!!! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornaments- @Ron Altier turned a beautiful blue and white colored plywood piece, although not without some problems- Ron describes what happened in his post and he received lots of feedback, too. @HandyDan is getting into the Christmas spirit with his gorgeous turned angel ornaments. He received lots of compliments and answered some questions, here- And, @Steve Krumanaker was super busy with his batch of awesome ornaments. And this is just a sampling of what Steve has done! Steve also explained his process for the finish on these, in his post- We've had a couple of questions this week from some of our members. @hawkeye10 is considering getting into turning. He asked our members what they would recommend. He received lots of comments. He is also eyeing a new-to-him lathe, from Craigslist and asked our members their thoughts on it. Head on over to his posts and help him out! @Bob Hodge posted a question in the finishing forum about turning and sandpaper grits. I am reposting it here in hopes our turners can chime in and give him some advice/help- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturning Symposium is in November- Click on the above image for additional information. Stuart Kent will be at the American Association of Woodturners in Raleigh, NC, November 2019. Click on the above image to go to Stuart's Facebook page for additional information. From The Internet- @Gerald Added a great video of an interview with Barry Todd and our good friend form Woodcraft, Frank Byers. If you watch the video, check out how Mr. Todd burnished a finial! I've been adding some short videos into the Woodturner's Tips section. So far , they have been from Mike Peace. If you see videos that offer tips on turning, please add them to the "Tips" section- don't forget to add tags to your entry! Everything Else- With all the rain, I've had a little time to play at the lathe making ornaments for @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. One of the shapes I could never master is a sphere. I know the mechanics and the math but what comes off of the lathe could never be considered round! I did't want to spend the $$ purchasing a jig that would only be used occasionally. One turner/"inventor" I really enjoy following is Mr. David Reed Smith. Checking his site, I found a technique for turning spheres using a shop made jig. The jig uses a shadow to check the turning progress. It consists of an adjustable platform sliding in a dovetail on a fixed base. The platform is secured with a screw that pulls the dovetail tight. I used a fender washer to prevent the screw from gouging the base. The fixed base is held on the lathe ways with magnets. The platform holds the "pattern". And the shadow is created by an Ikea LED lamp suspended over the turning. An alignment post is used to help position the lamp at the correct location. The blank is turned while watching the shadow on the pattern. The setup looks like- Harbor Freight has a small LED flashlight on sale. I'm trying to figure out how to use their magnetic base/arm to replace the Ikea suspended lamp. I think I'll need to get some metric tap and die stuff. If you are interested in Mr. Smith's jig, here is the web page with the instructions on making it- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/ShadowSphereJig/ShadowSphereJig.htm Safe turning
  5. The sun has finally returned and the humidity is a little lower. More like fall. Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! These are a couple I've started. Got ideas from the list I mentioned above. These are maple and intended to be painted- Our Patriot Turners- One of our newer members, @JohnM posted a question about purchasing a lathe. Somehow I missed his post until today. I know he would appreciate hearing from those of you who might have experience with the particular lathes he is considering. Please head over to his question and see if you can offer any advice- @Gerald is getting a head start on his Christmas ornaments! He has been discussing design considerations with his Mrs. See what our other turners had to say about these beauties- @Steve Krumanaker posted some images of really cool turnings that used magnets to create awesome illusions- Check out Steve's post for more images/designs and comments about his efforts- Member @Bob Hodge Asked our turners for hints on how to address tearout. Bob turned a beautiful apple wood bowl but he wasn't pleased with some of the surface areas. Several of our turners offered ideas- @Ron Altier posted a picture of a specialized rolling pin/cutter. The "noodle cutter" looks deceptively easy to make. But, having tried this in the past, I can assure you there are pitfalls. The cutters must have sharp points and all be exactly the same height and no ragged edges. I think the best tool for this might be the new Easy Wood Tools Micro Detailer. From The Internet- Always a favorite, Tim Yoder posted a nice video of making a bottle opener using the new item from Ruth Niles. Many of us use Ruth's bottle stopper hardware because we know it's the best on the market. If you haven't seen her products, here is a link to her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ . Tim uses his Easy Wood Tools to turn the wooden portion of the opener. He discusses his method of finishing. For the second time this week, I've noticed folks using Yorkshire Grit (thanks Jim Luley for the first time). It looks like the only US distributor for this fantastic finish is http://www.thewalnutlog.com/. Gonna order some tomorrow! It's kind of a morbid subject but Mike Peace has a two part video on turning a cremation urn. The second part is linked from his video. I've made pet urns but they were flat work to match the design of other builds. Everything Else- Safe turning
  6. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks living in the path of hurricane Florence. Stay safe and follow the advice of the officials. We need you back here. PATRIOT TURNERS!!!!!! I have had a request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools . Our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, places a Christmas tree in their office lobby. It gets decorated with turned ornaments from their turning friends. Jim asked if the Patriot Turners could create some ornaments to help in filling up the tree. These do not need to be fancy or exotic woods. The ornaments will be painted/finished by young ladies who have volunteered to help. Snowmen/ladies, tiny Christmas trees, birds, baubles, whatever comes to mind. Your ornaments will be in good company with others from turners all over. I'm in for this and I hope you will be, too. You can send your ornaments to: Jim Luley Easy Wood Tools 1365 Cahill Drive Lexington, KY 40504 If you have any questions, let me know! Let's cover that tree!! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created another beautiful ornament from colored plywood. Ron explains his process in this thread- From The Internet- Mike Peace has been posting a few short videos primarily aimed at helping the newer wood turner. One recently was on the use of dividers when turning. I found two interesting videos on bowl turning. Not so much on how to turn them but more about the end results. Most of us have been indoctrinated into the idea that the bowl blank must be dry- either at the start of the turning or at least at the time the bowl will be finished. Mike Peace demonstrates the beauty of allowing mother nature to have a hand in the process by turning a bowl start to finish with green wood. As the bowl eventually dries it will warp into shapes we can embrace. Another idea on bowl finishing is by Rick Turns. Rick uses gilding to enhance a design. As he works, Rick shows us some of the things that can go wrong. Now just for the sheer enjoyment of seeing something turned that you would probably never expect- Everything Else- In keeping with the bowl theme that we have going, I did get to finish a little flame box elder bowl I started a while back. The bowl was turned rough and then I needed to start a different project so I painted on a layer of old TiteBond II. The blank didn't warp or crack. I think the TiteBond II sealing is the way to go. The little bowl still needs a protective finish. It's about 6 inches in diameter and about 2 inches tall. Safe turning
  7. Summer continues to hang on here in south central PA. Heat indices over 100. Very humid. Just a reminder, if you haven't entered the Patriot Raffel, the closing date has been moved up to September 15- just 10 days away. We are a little short of our goal and could use your help. To get your tickets, click this link- https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/7976-The-Patriot-Woodworker-2018-Community-Fundraiser/ Our Patriot Turners- I need to apologize to @RustyFN, He posted a beautiful bowl a couple of weeks ago and somehow I missed it. The bowl was turned from apple and has some gorgeous grain. Rusty tells us more about the history of the wood, in his post- @Ron Altier showed us a really nice vase for holding knitting needles. Ron's wife is an awesome "needleler". Ron explains the blank construction in his post- Ron also started a thread about finding the center of a blank and how other turners accomplish this. He eventually settles on a shop made jig. Check out what our turners use for center finding as they responded to Ron's request- @Steve Krumanaker has already started on his Christmas Ornaments and they are gorgeous. Steve explains his technique for coloring these beauties in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. You can get more information from- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lgmecmkab&oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc From The Internet- Sometimes we just get careless- @HandyDan sent me this video link. He must have remembered I have a love/hate relationship with the skew chisel. This video has a super explanation/demonstration of rolling a bead using the skew. Last week I shared a Mike Peace video using the jam chuck. In that video, he was mounting a canister he turned. Mike posted a set of videos on that cannister project- Rick Turns shared his August YouTube woodturning video list- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived this week. As always there is plenty of great information. There is a particularly interesting article on pierced turnings by Gord Langer. He explains the process and provides sources for tools. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs030/1103251462235/archive/1109613985933.html The entire newsletter and more projects can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Everything Else- Last week I mentioned I turned a small finial. @HandyDan showed us what small really is! Awesome turning, Dan! I finally got the finish on that little turning. The bottom is manzanita, the domed lid is a piece of very old spalted maple from Lexington VA and the finial is hard maple ebonized with India ink. Turned entirely with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Safe turning and wear that face shield
  8. Been really hot here in south central PA the last couple of days. I did spend a little time at the DCNR range nestled in the Michaux state forest. It was cooler among the trees. Don't forget about our site raffle! Coming to an end soon. Get your tickets for some most excellent prizes Our Patriot Turners- A new Patriot member and turner @Big B (Brian) posted some of his absolutely gorgeous turnings. Please head over to his gallery posts and see some more of his beautiful work- @Ron Altier has turned a couple new ornaments Here are his posts an these two beauties. He received lots of feedback on them. Ron also posted a great tip in the Woodturner's Forum about using steel wool on the lathe. He generated a lot of comments with this tip- @Gerald showed us a gorgeous oak burl, natural edge bowl he just turned. He explains how he finished up the shape of it in his post- From The Internet- Continuing with the natural edge bowl idea, I came across this article by Australian turner Richard Raffan. The link is to a written tutorial- http://www.woodreview.com.au/how-to/turning-live-edge-bowls Mike Peace recently put up a video on making and using a jam chuck. I've always worried that jam chucks couldn't hold the work very well. Mike certainly dispelled that thought- Over the years, I've made a few segmented turnings. Just sort of winged it as far as size, shape, etc. Here is a site that provides calculations for making those segments. There's other stuff there, too. http://denswoodturning.co.uk/segmentcalculator.php Everything Else- I'm still working on a little manzanita turning. I needed to create a dome lid and found a nice piece of spalted maple that will work. I also wanted to have a finial. A piece of hard maple turned and ebonized with india ink should do it. Starting the lid- Creating the finial- Ebonized- The entire piece has been turned using Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Their new mid sized micro detailer was perfect for turning the finial! Safe turning
  9. This morning there was a strange sighting here in south central PA. After Googling many images and news reports I determined it was the sun! Nice to have it back!! Please don't forget the Patriot Woodworker's raffle. Some wonderful prizes. Help support your site! https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/22913-patriot-woodworker-2018-community-raffle-fundraiser/? Our Patriot Turners- Our turners have been really productive this week with wide array of items- @Ron Altier posted a really nice ornament that contains woods of many different colors. I can't imagine how he did the glue-up on this one! Ron posted more images and some information about the turning in his post- Ron wasn't the only one making ornaments this week, @Steve Krumanaker turned some awesome "Beehive" ornaments. Steve explains his design in this post- @Gerald is experimenting with some passive amplifiers for a smart phone. He tried several designs to see which was the loudest. His post contains other images and input from our turners. If you have ever made one of these, check out his post and give him your ideas- Gerald was super busy with other turnings as well Head on over to this post to see some of the other boxes he made. @RustyFN turned a gorgeous cedar bowl. The grain and colors are fantastic. Rusty got lots of great comments on this piece. @DAB finished up a replica of a 90mm shell to fit into a shell casing. He posted a little about making it, here- What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Atlanta area, the International Woodworking Fair is taking place August 22 thru 25. Our very generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) has their booth set up and it looks like they are having a ball! This photo was taken by Carl Jacobson. From The Internet- Patriot member @Gene Howe posted this video on making a 3 winged three corner bowl. I'm reposting Gene's link here in case some of you missed it. Easy Wood Tools posted a YouTube video by Tracey Malady where she demonstrate the use of the Easy Wood Hollowing tools. I think she bought her depth gauge the same place I got mine! Tim Yoder has released a 2 part video in which he turns some cute little mice. The second part of the video is linked from his post. These might make some nice gifts for someone. Everything Else- I lucked into this website from a link on another forum. If you looking for lathe centers, this place just might have what you need- and other stuff, too- https://zlivecenter.com/index.php?route=common/home Safe turning
  10. Another summer just about in the books. School starts tomorrow and I already have a sub day scheduled. Please don't forget the deadline for The Patriot Woodworker raffle is coming up. Don't get left out!! Our Patriot Turners- The Patriot turners have been really busy in their shops this past week. Lots of great ideas and projects. @Gerald added a great tip to the Woodturners Forum. His idea for making/reusing material for faceplates is really cool! Gerald also showed us how he embellished the bottom of his ringmaster bowl. @Ron Altier started a discussion about "Turners Tape". He received lots of responses and additional ideas for attaching a turning. Ron also posted an image of another Sea Urchin ornament. Mother nature surely creates some beautiful designs Ron 's post is here- @HandyDan created a handle for a little hammer he picked up at a sale- Dan posted a really nice series of the steps he took to do this- Our Australian member @JariKilpi added images of a beautiful Camphor Laurel bowl he recently turned. Check out his album- From The Internet- Continuing with the last couple of weeks topics on sanding, Mike Peace has added another video on bowl sanding Sanding is made easier with a nice new dedicated tool. I received this in an email from Woodturners Wonders. All metal gears, variable speed, $60. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-items/products/angle-drill Ok, let's make bowls the topic for the week. Rick Turns shows us another way to personalize a turned bowl. "Leafing" adds an interesting look to a turning and it's not difficult to do. Looking for a cool turning project? Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on a project that would make a nice present for the cook's kitchen. The second part is linked from Tim's YouTube page. Everything Else- Mr. David Reed Smith published a tutorial for making a STO Gauge. I have to admit I didn't know what this was or that it even existed. Mr. Smith's tutorials are always interesting, easy to follow and very detailed. The tutorial is available also as a .pdf download. http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/STO-Gauge/STO-Gauge.html I did manage to get a little turning time in this week between computer repairs, mower repairs, school meetings and construction requests. Another Manzanita root- To utilize the most material, the piece is mounted off center. The bolts create a counter balance to reduce vibration. Mounted with a paper joint to facilitate removal of the piece Easy Wood Tools #1 Hollower ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Easy Wood Tools now has available negative rak cutters for many of their tools. The cutters were designed for use with acrylic turnings but work equally as well on harder wood. Clean cuts and no catches. Same low price! The small ridge will be the seat for a lid. Sanding will be tricky. Safe turning
  11. Been working at school this week getting computers ready for the kids so no lathe work for me. I did help a friend finish up a cork screw handle by drilling the hole for the metal "screw" to fit into the handle. He turned the handle into a shape that sort of resembled a football. Once turned, it was quite a job to hold the piece level and square for drilling. The instructions suggested a "V" block. That worked but it was still wobbly due to the lack of support on each end. We used little wedges to add support and the drilling went OK. It would have been better to predrill the blank, plug the hole, finish the shape and then remove the plug. We all know, experience is the best teacher! A couple of interesting things this week. A couple of informative articles came by emails and newsletters. First- from Popular Woodworking's Wood Turning division is an interesting paper on turning duplicate parts. Chuck Bender, Senior Editor, talks about using the skew chisel for spindle turning- we've all been there. But, what I found most interesting was his perspective on turning duplicate parts and how, in antique furniture, "duplicate" parts are not in fact usually duplicates. Here are is the information from the email- with full credit to Mr. Bender. Sorry, I would usually provide you with a link but there was none. "One of my favorite projects from "No BS Woodworking" is the English joint stool. It's a fun project that is fairly easy to build and it's a great place to showcase some nicely figured wood. The project is based on a period example that came into my shop for repair. Compound angles can often drive woodworkers crazy, but they're actually fairly simple on this piece. Only having to deal with four stretchers means that if the angles are off a little on one joint or another, the piece will still look good. Another sticking point for many woodworkers is turning - it just plain intimidates some people. I know when I started woodworking it seemed like I'd never get the hang of a skew. The legs on this piece are not exceedingly complex, and can be accomplished without mad skew skills. The hardest part is turning the pummels (the transitions between the square stock and the round bits). The other thing that worries lots of woodworkers is being able to turn out four identical legs on the lathe. There are a few tricks you need to learn that will make this obstacle far less of a barrier. The first trick isn't really a trick, but a process I use in most things I build (whether they include turnings or not) and that's a layout stick. With a full-sized layout of the turning, it's easy to ensure all the elements of the legs are at the proper height. "Sure, getting the height of the elements correct is easy; it's the diameters that give me fits." you say? The biggest piece of advice I can give to the budding spindle turner is, make it close. I've studied, and copied, period tables where the turnings varied as much as 1/4" in diameter from leg to leg - and I couldn't tell before I measured. Am I advocating sloppy work? Not at all, but you don't have to worry the diameters to the nearest thousandth of an inch either. Besides, I have a few tricks up my sleeve (not many since I always wear short sleeves) that can help you master the simply turned legs on this stool. Spindle turning takes a little practice, but nearly every woodworker I've had the pleasure of instructing is capable of banging out a bunch of legs for this project that would be more than acceptable. The key is not obsessing on the details. The original upon which I based my stool varied quite a bit from leg to leg; there was also uneven wear and shrinkage. My version isn't free from flaws either. To me, that's what gives pieces their character. I don't want my stuff to look like it was punched out on an assembly line. Grab a copy of the DVD (or hit the store for the digital download - both can be found by clicking on this link), gather up some wood and get started building an English Joint Stool in your own shop. In the DVD I run through how to use a skew; some basic spindle turning exercises; how to turn multiple parts and make them look the same; compound angle joinery; and coloring and finishing your projects. There's more than three hours of instruction on this video plus plans and a cut list. With the turning and joinery tips you'll get, you should be able to make and English joint stool of your own over a long weekend (3 or 4 days depending on how quickly you can turn the legs)." The other great resource was Woodturning On Line's newsletter. If you ever wanted to make one of these- You can learn how with this video- Or how about one of these- Here's a video on that- Here's a link to the photo tutorial- http://www.demilked.com/coloured-pencils-ring-design-peter-brown/ The entire August newsletter can be read here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning!!
  12. We are about half way through the Patriot Raffle period but we are only about 64% of our site goal 😥. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, Please head over to this post and take a chance on one of the wonderful prizes- Major thunderstorm passed thru and another on its' heels. Home the UPS holds up! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a free wood score he made! Looks like it could be cherry or maybe even walnut. What do you think?? Dan has also been busy in the shop turning pens- He creates these beauties out of inexpensive, bought pens. @Gerald posted his gorgeous hollow form turned from Live Oak. Gerald discusses his turning and it color in his post Gerald also posted a bowl he made using the ringmaster system- See what our turners had to say about this gorgeous piece- Our own @Steve Krumanaker received a well deserved honor recently. His maple "Rock" bowl was given the "Judges Award" at a show presented by a local art council. We all know Steve has awesome talent and now his community does, too. More images in Steve's post- What’s Coming Up- I had the very pleasurable experience of demonstrating Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) to the Lancaster Woodturners. They are participating in the Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium, September 28-30, in Lancaster PA. More information is available at their site- http://www.mawts.com/ . From The Internet- Rick Turns has the July list of YouTube turning videos ready- Mike Peace added another sanding video. He describes additional techniques non-spindle pieces Along those lines, last week I mentioned using Abranet sanding screen. I found a website that has a similar product and not as expensive. These folks carry a wide variety of turning accessories- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Several weeks ago we featured a project finish called "water droplets". The latest issue of American Woodturner magazine (August 2018) has a How-To for doing that finish. As it is a copyrighted article, I won't put it here but you may be able to get a copy of the magazine to see additional information about this technique. I finally finished up the little mixed media turning. It didn't come out like the picture I had in my head- but then my turnings rarely do! The base is a piece of walnut. Overall height is about 5" and the "glass" is about 1.25" in diameter at the top. Finished with wipe on poly. I call it "Half Full"- Safe turning
  13. You may have heard that Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )has released a new product. If you turn acrylics, you will find these cutters are just what you have been wanting. Prior to these cutters, the best acrylic cuts were made with the EWT positioned with the handle slightly raised. These new negative rake cutters eliminates that. Clean, smooth cuts with the handle flat. Ribbons of acrylic peel away effortlessly. These cutters work super on wood, too! Check out the EWT website- http://www.easywoodtools.com/ . Here's a video showing the cutters in action- Our Patriot Turners- @Cliff posted a link to a small turned scoop. This scoop is a little different in that the handle is turned so it sets at an angle. Pretty neat process. A nice discussion followed wondering if two scoops could be made from the same blank. @Ron Altier gave us a link to a video for a turned cedar vase. It really is beautiful. Some discussion followed concerning the affects of cedar sanding dust. What’s Coming Up- A gentle reminder that we are in the midst of our site raffle. You don't need to be a member of the The Patriot Woodworker to participate! Check out the information- From The Internet- Rick Turns postes his Woodturning Videos for July. I am a little late and putting the link here. It is no secret that I hate sanding and that I am terrible at it- makes sense, I guess. Mike peace put up a video on spindle sanding. He offers many great tips. I have started using the Abranet Sanding Screens, which I like but they are rather expensive. I'm sure there is a similar product at a more reasonable price. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared another video by Tracey Malady. This time she demonstrates the Easy Wood Hollowing tools. I don't do much vase type turning put I love my EWT straight hollower for bowl type work and even detail work on the outside of a piece. Everything Else- All of the relatives left on Sunday. I escaped to the basement to work on the little turning. I need to remember to take more process pictures. If I am going to do much acrylic work, I'll have to get a pressure pot. Harbor Freight seems to have a pretty good price on a painter's pressure pot- maybe they'll put it on sale. This is supposed to look like a wine glass that's half full. I did more sanding/polishing after these pictures so the "glass" is a little more clear. Safe turning
  14. Relatives have been here this week not much shop time. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Posted an offset platter he has turned. It's a beauty! Gerald talks about the size and finish in his post- Gerald also showed us a captive ring goblet he just completed. Captive rings are are fun to make but a pain to sand! Gerald describes his turning- Gerald mentioned Mike Peace's video on making the special tool for his turning. If you would like to create your own tool, here is the video- Gerald is our big contributor this week with a third post! He explains how he made a "soft touch" to protect a turning from damage by the tailstock center. His post has some great photos showing what he did- @Ron Altier turned a small vase/box to hold his wife's knitting needles. Ron really makes use of exotic wood when he creates a project. Check out Ron's post- Ron also followed up on his lathe tailstock repair, from sometime back. Read how he managed to solve the problem- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturners are holding their symposium on November 3 and 4, 2018 at Expoland, Fishersville, VA. For registration and more information see- http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/index.htm From The Internet- My least favorite part of any lathe project is sanding. I will go so far as to say- I hate sanding. That's probably why I am so terrible at finishing a turning. Here's a video by the "Wyoming Woodturner" describing sanding techniques for turning projects. The video is a little long but hopefully you can glean something from it. Mr. David Reed Smith has been working on turning/creating small birds and bird houses. This link is to an article/gallery of his pieces. In the article, he discusses an upcoming tutorial on how he makes them- http://davidreedsmith.com/Gallery/Birds/Birds.html Everything Else- @DuckSoup was on a road trip and saw this in a shop- Now that's a lathe project!! I've had this idea for making a turning using casting resin and manzanita. It started out OK but I think it may be a colossal failure. The root mounted on a sacrificial block- The end flattened and hollowed about an inch and filled with Alumilite- The root turned away to expose the resin and the resin hollowed to form what I envisioned to be the top of a wine glass. Unfortunately the shape isn't very pleasing. When I began sanding the resin, which is a little over 1/16" thick, the heat from the friction is softening the casting. I can only sand for a few seconds at a time and then wait for it to cool. I have tried using a canned air duster, held upside down, to cool the resin. That works but I really don't think I'm going to be able to get the resin "glass clear". Maybe this will end up being a lidded box. Oh, Well. Safe Turning
  15. 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
  16. "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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. A day early and just a short one this week, sorry. Please, let us all extend our sympathy to @John Moody. His Mom passed away Tuesday. I know your prayers will be appreciated. @Ron Altier Has built some beautiful display stands for some of his ornaments. Please go to Ron's post and see what others have had to say- @Smallpatch has added awesome detail to the teapots he is building. Check out his continued progress- @Grandpadave52 posted a link to The Woodworker's Journal newsletter. The newsletter is asking for responses to interest in a new free woodturning newsletter. If they receive enough positive responses , we might have another resource for turning information. If you think you might be interested, here's the link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/22552-woodworker-journal-ezine-feedback/ Speaking of woodturning resources, the Woodworkers Guild of America is offering a set of 3 DVDs on woodturning techniques by George Vondrisk. I have not seen these videos so I cannot say how much information they might offer. You can see more at their website- https://www.wwgoa.com/product/wood-turning-techniques-3-dvd-set/#utm_source=WWGOA&utm_medium=email&utm_term=70OFF&utm_content=C12701&vscid=C12701 Patriot member @Gene Howe alerted me to an article in the most recent Popular Woodworking e-magazine. Gene said the article was about using a toilet plunger as a jam chuck. I do not subscribe to Popular Woodworking and couldn't locate the article online. If you subscribe to the magazine, check out the article it might just be something you can use. Safe turning
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Kids got out of school for the summer, today. No subbing until August! Lots of activity by our Patriot turners this week! @PostalTom made a set of pen jaws from an article by Mr. David Reed Smith. Tom reports that the jaws worked like a charm. Check out the sweet looking pen he made using the jaws- @Charles Nicholls has been turning some gorgeous bottle stoppers. Charles answers comments about this project in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is adding details to a beautiful maple bowl he turned. Steve's talent with wood burning techniques is awesome! Our turners had lots of great comments- @RustyFN started a log bird house. Unfortunately the log cracked before he had a chance to finish the turning. Rusty asked our turners what might have caused this and what could be done to prevent it. Maybe you can add some more tips/techniques that you have found that work for you. @Ron Altier posted a question about an unfamiliar turning product. Several turners offered identification and use- This little item popped up on Nova's Facebook feed. If you do a lot of both outboard and spindle turning, you might find this useful. Capt. Eddie has a new video on "Better Sanding". It's nice to see him still teaching and giving us great information- I finished up the handle for the hedge shears that were left on the front porch. Fortunately, the original tang holes were round which made the replacement handle easier to make. I used my steady rest to stabilize the work while drilling the holes. Then just shaped the handle to match the original. Used a mallet to drive the handle onto the tang. Finished with wipe-on poly Also got time to finish up the natural edge bowl made from that flame box elder. A bunch of coats of wipe-on poly. Safe Turning
  23. 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
  24. Well as nice as last week was, this week is the complete opposite. Rainy, damp and miserable. The Patriots woodturners did not let the weather deter them! @Steve Krumanaker has been busy with several projects. He is designing a clock for a demonstration at his woodturnong club. Steve made several different designs and was asking for input as to your favorite. Check out Steve's post and give him some input- Steve is also busy making a whole bunch of honey dipper/jars for a bee farm. He puts his shop made laser to work for the decorative tops. Read his post and the comments our turners offered- @Gerald has been busy as well. He recently turned a pecan bowl and with a gorgeous jade inlay. Gerald talks about the process in his post- Although not directly about turning, Gerald posted an informative topic on bearings and their numbering identification system. This data can be useful with any piece of equipment that contains bearings. I must apologize to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for missing his post on a beautiful Bocote bowl he turned. Jim posted this on our site last week. He sure can make those Easy Wood Tools sing!! Jim claims to be a newbie turner. Hmmm, I wonder.... Member @Gene Howe sent me a link to some interesting jig/hardware for turning basket weave illusions bowls- This image is of a piece made by Bill Boehme. The link- https://www.chefwarekits.com/basket-weave-illusion-wood-burning-carving-tools/basket-weave-ilusion-diy-kit-woodturning-1.html The ChefWare Kits site has lots of great other kits, jigs and hardware. Sometime back we had a discussion about the pros and cons of spindle washers. I found this video discussing their use and the author provides some visual test data. I'll leave you to make up your own mind. I don't anyone who doesn't like a good biscuit. Mike Peace shows us how to turn a wooden biscuit cutter. Might make a nice object for those craft shows this summer. I've had a little time to play at the lathe. I started on a natural edge bowl made from a piece of the flame box elder. I have it turned and am into the sanding phase. I turned it green, to the final thickness (about 3/16", and am keeping it packed in shavings when I'm not working on it. It is drying slowly while I sand and I'm hoping there won't be too much warping. Safe turning
  25. 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

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