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  1. Sorry, this weeks post is a little skimpy. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB provides most of this week's subject matter. He is trying out a different finish for his bowls. Andrew compares this finish to the one he was previously using in this post- In this post, Andrew does another Padauk bowl. It gave him a little trouble but like all turners, we adapt and overcome! Andrew's post on this project- It happens to all of us. Maybe just a little thinner, one more pass.... Oh $h!t!! Sorry Andrew, how about a soap dish! Undaunted, Andrew pressed on with a maple blank. This one is a complete success! What’s Coming Up- More and more interactive remote demonstrations are becoming available. A short promotional from Lyle Jamieson- Just a reminder about the AAW's event with David Ellsworth- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Cindy Drozda is doing a demonstration of gilding a turning. This is a great way to add flair to a project! Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. While you are there, check out the future demonstrations on October 31 and November 13. For The Newbies- The latest edition of Woodturning Monthly is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Head on over to the site and look for an article on Banksia Pods- Expand Your Horizons- Looks like Cindy is our featured performer this week! She provided a free video showing how she fits finials to lids- She also posted a video demonstrating how to sharpen a bandsaw blade while it is installed on the bandsaw. She admits that this process doesn't produce the results of a new blade but in a pinch it works! New Turning Items- I must be looking in the wrong places. Couldn't find any thing to spend your money on! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted the list of last weeks YouTube videos- Back during the summer, the tree guys dropped of a large cherry log. I cut it into bowl blanks and turned several roughed out bowls. I have been experimenting with the soap/water soak on rough blanks. Each blank was submerged for about 3 days and then transferred to a paper bag of shavings. Life got busy and I didn't get back to them until over the weekend. This is one of the blanks. It stayed round and no splits. There was some warping but not too bad. There were two knots, one larger than the other. The Starbond medium thick black CA really did a nice job of affixing them and creating an interesting color contrast. This bowl will have 2 smaller siblings and will go to the guys who work on our HVAC stuff. The smaller ones are currently soaking. I think I might try Rick Turns' light bulb dryer instead of the shavings. We'll see how it goes. Safe turning and stay well
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Here's hoping all our members along the northern Gulf are safe. I saw where Pensacola had almost 2 feet of rain so far. On another note, please remember to add tags to your posts. I try to remember to check but sometimes my memory fails me. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been cranking out projects like crazy this past week! His little elm bowl is beautiful- You can see his progress in this post and check out the comments by our turners- Next, Andrew posted his work on a bloodwood bowl. All did not go as planned as he describes in his post. However, the end results were quite spectacular! Moving on, Andrew turned some acrylic pen blanks. He included a video of his process in the post- Finally, saving the best for last here, he showed us a myrtlewood bowl. It is inspiring to see how far Andrew has come in such a short span of time. He mentions in his post about the inertia sander he used to get this awesome beauty finished- @FlGatorwood saw an item that is designed to sharpen carbide cutters. Check out his post to see the comments of our turners- We have a couple of turning items for sale- First, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was contacted by a turner who has a Easy Wood Tools Pro Rougher for sale- Jim provided contact information in his post- Also, @FlGatorwood has some Easy Wood Tools cutters for sale. They are Ci2-R2 and Ci3-NR. You can contact him through our site- What’s Coming Up- This Saturday, September 19, 2020, there will be another Virtual Craft Festival. Get all the information here- https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/ Turner Andrew Hall is offering interactive remote demonstrations (IRD). Here's a little more information- If you haven't registered for the Woodturners Worldwide Symposium, here a way to save $10! Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Andrew mentioned in his post about his new inertia sander. Just happens that Rick Turns posted a video about turning a vase. In that video, he uses one of these sanders- Expand Your Horizons- I thought this was a really great way to add a decorative touch to a bowl. Although the author used soapstone, I would imagine many other "fillers" could be used. New Turning Items- Not new, but if you are thinking about getting some carbide tools here is your chance to save 15% on our Easy Wood Tools sponsor's products! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/8/Easy-Wood-Tools?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ewt&utm_campaign=20-09-ewt-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for last week- The only lathe work I've done this past week was turn 2 walnut dowels for the rocking horse I was kinda happy with the progress until I put on the stain Mimi wanted (not shown). I was expecting the pine to splotch but the white oak really disappointed me. I've stained red oak with walnut stain and it covers evenly. This oak had areas that turned really dark. It wasn't noticeable until I wiped off the excess. Even a second application made no difference. I guess that's what happens when you get free wood. Safe turning and stay well
  5. Yes, I realize it is Thursday. But in my defense- I had this entire post written last evening and just before it was to be submitted- it disappeared. Not sure what combinations of keys I pressed but I was staring at a blank post entering screen. Please check the "Everything Else" topic about Ruth Niles! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us the progress he was making on a beautiful piece of cherry burl- a gift from his son. Geral certainly did this piece of wood proud! @AndrewBis not one to sit around and waste time. He posted several projects he is working. First is a birch bowl. Andrew is really applying the suggestions you all have been providing and it shows in this piece. He is also working on a cup and a goblet- Finally, Andrew started on a fantastic looking piece of exotic wood (Bhilwara). Can't wait to see this when the finish hits it! A while back we were discussing finishes. There were several posts this week on that topic. First, @Ron Altier asked us about a home brew finish he read about. Our members had lots of input on this one. Another post dealt with oil and wax finishes. @AndrewB was curious about using sesame seed oil and beeswax. The type of oil used with this mixture must be carefully chosen to avoid it becoming rancid. @Gerald suggested using Walnut oil as a finish. Walnut oil, specifically formulated for this purpose, is food safe and will not create a problem for users with food allergies. The following link is useful for understanding the safety aspect. https://www.woodstockmagazine.com/2016/06/06/113196/walnut-oil-or-mineral-oil-learn-why-andrew-prefers-walnut-oil-to-protect-his-bowls This is one example of what is available- https://bowlmakerinc.com/product/oil-wax-finish-8-oz/ What’s Coming Up- Craig Timmerman is offering Interactive Remote Demonstrations. More information can be found at his website- https://www.armadillowoodworks.com/index.html For The Newbies- The other week we were having a discussion on how to handle grain tearout. @Gerald mentioned a reverse turning technique. "Rick Turns" posted a video on turning a vase. In that video, he uses the reverse turning technique. Expand Your Horizons- We have been looking for ways to make a wooden vessel waterproof. Here's a fairly low tech method- New Turning Items- I'd like to extend a big Thumbs Up to @FlGatorwood for this weeks new turning item! Retail price is $3799.99. I found it at Woodturners Wonders for $3500. Just in case you haven't saved up enough of your lunch money for the lathe, here's another offering. This is very similar to Jerry Marcental's chuck plate- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/product/special-elio-dr-safe-drive-set-of-two-2-5-3-5/ Everything Else- Rick Turns Youtube video list from last week- On a personal note, Ruth Niles lives a very short trip from here and I have visited her shop on several occasions. You won't meet a nicer person than Ruth. This past week some A**H*le hacked her Instagram account and set up a scam in her name. The scammer is impersonating her and advertising a seminar for turners. This is not Ruth! I played along with the scam to find out more. You register ( used fake info) by email. They tell you to buy a Nike gift card for $100. Then send them a photo of the card numbers so they can register you. As Ruth said, it is doubtful anyone would fall for that but she is really worried about her business reputation. Please spread the word that this is a scam and Ruth has no part in it. Thanks! Safe turning and stay well
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Congrats to all of the Patriot Raffle winners. We made our fundraising goal! Hope everyone along the east coast is safe and didn't suffer any damage from the hurricane over the weekend. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Started a thread that should generate a lot of input. Sanding your lathe projects. You all know that sanding is my second favorite thing in all the world. Please check out what Gerald's setup is and show us your sanding techniques. @Ron Altier has been frustrated by the U/V finish he has been using. Ron applied it to a beautiful segmented turning only to end up with problems. Ron explains his frustrations in his post- @AndrewB Has been working on several projects this past week. He has been fighting a "wobble" problem with some of his turnings. We have been offering suggestions. Maybe one of you has experienced a similar problem and can help solve this elusive gremlin. Andrew also was having some trouble with tearout on a small bowl on which he is working. We've all been there. Maybe you could share your experiences and advice- It hasn't all been problems for Andrew, however. He showed us a really nice bowl he finished- And, he has pen making down pretty good, too! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another virtual demonstration schedule for this month- Click on the above image for the link to more information Cindy will also be a demonstrator at the virtual Woodturners Worldwide Symposium Click on the above image for the link to the registration site. For The Newbies- Have a lot here for the new turners this week- You don't need a fancy chuck to turn a bowl. Mike Peace's video shows you how to use a Jam Chuck- In that video, Mike used traditional tools for turning. HSS tools must be sharp to give the best and consistent results. Here's a couple of videos demonstrating the sharpening process on some of the common HSS tools- And a couple of videos covering some of the lathe parts- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on turning a sphere. There are some jigs available to help create a sphere on the lathe but this jig is a little different. Carl Jacobson turns a beautiful maple burl lidded box. I really like the "lid pull" he added to the top. New Turning Items- Cheated a bit here. This is the set that Tim Yoder used to make the sphere. https://drechsler-wissen.de/produkt/spannvorrichtung-zum-kugeldrechseln-im-set-74-mm-grosses-set/ Everything Else- Rick Turns videos from last week- Not sure why it happened. In the past, I have used the soap soak method and not had any roughed blanks crack or warp. This one made a liar out of me. It's about 8" in diameter and maybe 5"deep. Turned with no trouble. Came out of the soak with no warping or cracking- Put it in a paper bag with shaving for a couple of weeks and when I pulled it - Three cracks developed. This one and another about 180° around the circumference and one near the bottom. I added the walnut dutchmans and am in the process of returning and sanding. Hope it doesn't end up in the trash. Safe turing and stay well
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. It's gonna be a little skimpy this week. We have been nursing a sick fur-baby who decide to get his minerals from some fairly good sized stones. Surgery was required. Please don't forget the there are only about 3 weeks left to get in on this years fundraiser/raffle. There have been some anonymous donors of additional prizes. It would be a shame to miss out! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB is our top winner this week for the most activity. He has been adding to his turning accessories and providing us with reviews along the way. Andrew is trying out some of the Easy Wood Tools Easy Start products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- We had a great conversation on them and their use- Over the years, I have found that my eyes and memory aren't what they used to be. I must physically measure everything and write it down before heading the the Borg. Andrew experienced something similar with a recent order- to which I can completely sympathize- Andrew posted a picture of one of his first bowls, but felt it was a failure. I don't know about you but I would never have had the courage to post a picture of my first bowl! Anytime you learn from a project, it is not a failure! His post generated a great conversation about techniques and tools. Andrew received some really nice turning blanks. This one became a bowl. His turning skills are certainly coming along! Another great back and forth took place in this post. Lots of techniques were discussed- Although this was posted in the Finishing Forum, it applies equally well here in the Turners area- Finally, Andrew started this project- Check out his addition of the Jacobs chuck What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Lyle Jamieson is also doing virtual interactive demonstrations For The Newbies- Mike Peace recently posted a video on woodturning tools for beginners- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a neat box shaped like a Bee Hive- The Woodworker's Journal posted a very nice video demonstrating turning an large platter on an awesome Laguna lathe. Laguna has been such an important part of our site and has supplied some fantastic prizes for our raffles and fundraisers. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new CBN wheel- Here's the link to the product- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/free-hander-8-cbn-wheel Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for the past week- With the tag teaming for the sick puppy, I haven't had time to get to the gift the tree guys dropped off on Friday- They told me it was "wild cherry". I need to get it broken down into bowl blanks and sealed. jdfkjkd
  13. We are still about $400 short of our fundraising goal for this year- only 30 days left! Some great prizes available. Don't miss your chance to score big and be part of making Veteran's lives a little better. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is our resident ornament designer. Ron experiments with a wide range of finishes. His current favorite is a U/V finish. Ron shows us just how versatile this finish can be- See this post for Ron's explanation- Ron goes on to show us some of the unique effects this finnish can produce- Here's his post and his comments- @Gerald finally obtained a special turning blank he had been looking for. He is creating a large platter from this beautiful wood- In his post, Gerald explains his technique for turning and drying his project- @AndrewB told us he is going to purchase a bowl blank from Rockler. For his current situation, it is easier for him than trying to locate FOG wood. We had quite a discussion about blanks and finishes. @Ron Altier jumped in with some comments about how the blanks are sealed and how we should prepare the blanks for turning. Andrew also gave us a quick view of a new hollowing tool he received. Here's his first reactions- What’s Coming Up- Last week we mentioned that Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) and Carl Jacobson were teaming up to present a virtual Makers Fair. I had the chance to see most of the presentations and they were quite enjoyable and informative. These presentations were via YouTube. I can't find the entire presentation in one location but here are the links to the individual presentations- https://youtu.be/Gh6dZTt1mFI Carl Jacobson https://youtu.be/E0uF38pr8cI Jim Overton https://youtu.be/W1N4BbieIbY Jamie Page https://youtu.be/1uj4AX_jXw4 Annie Briggs https://youtu.be/hxnqHYD3_aU Zac Higgins https://youtu.be/h-KwHBcm_2s Darryl Jones https://youtu.be/f3oIhdzHwFM Scott Grove https://youtu.be/31iUD-0zOow Carl Jacobson Most were approximately 1 hour long and viewers could submit questions and comments. It seemed like the overall event was well received and if another one is planned, I know I'll be watching. For The Newbies- Mike Peace posted a new video to help new lathe owners pick out a chuck that will work for them- Expand Your Horizons- We have the lathe and we have the wood, so why buy something we can make- http:// https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/discover/woodworking/2020/june/turning-new-handles-for-old-tools?utm_source=Newsletter---Woodworking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=200629-Wood-How-to-Turn-New-Handles-for-Old-Tools New Turning Items- Everyone needs at least one new woodturning shirt! Ruth Niles is having a sale on all her instock shirts- T's and denims https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product-category/shirts/?v=7516fd43adaa Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of videos from last week- As for me, I finally put the finish on the little bowl I was making. Watco Danish Oil- The bowl was made from black locust and was about 7" x 2" The leftover chunk of locust was too big to throw out, so, it became a platter- Finished with the same Watco oil. About 7" x a little over 1" Safe turning and stay well
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Thunderstorm in progress here this evening. Not too much rain so far. Please remember that our annual fund drive/raffle is in progress. More about the awesome prizes and what we do with the proceeds is found here- Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB wins the prize this week for the most contributions to our forum! In response to last week's "Wednesday's...", Andrew reviewed is purchase of Savannah carbide tools along with a link to a source- He also provided additional information on the Wen lathe he purchased- Andrew also started a great discussion about which screws to use when turning with a faceplate. Lots of great suggestions and ides were given- After Andrew solved the faceplate problem he showed us his candle holder Check out the great comments and suggestions offered by our forum members- Andrew also asked us about a galloping lathe! Unbalanced turning blanks can get your lathe walking around the shop. He received a bunch of great suggestions on anchoring the lathe. Check out his post and see if you can add any additional ideas- The fact that Andrew asks questions about things of which he is unsure has really brought our forum alive! We have had so many great ideas and suggestions. Thank You all for being here!!! In this post, there are a variety of topics, one leading to another- Please check it out- @Gunny is building a Lazy Susan. He asked us about how he could trim out the disks He is looking for a nautical theme. See his post and give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- Don't forget that the AAW is presenting their annual symposium as a virtual event- Click on the image above for the link to more information. For The Newbies- A short video from Woodworker's Journal showing how to turn a small yarn bowl from a glued-up blank. Rob Johnstone is the presenter- We often show the work of Carl Jacobson in this weekly post. Here's a link to an article, from Woodcraft, about Carl and his woodworking and woodturning adventures- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/welcome-to-carl-jacobson-s-world?trk_msg=MG4VHH78BSLKP042QCRGRP2H94&trk_contact=QNSFAEQ45HFA1IHE09ORJKR45S&trk_sid=VE2RTBE6U7IN2QAPIP4HNBNF4S&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WCBLOG%3a+WELCOME+TO+CARL+JACOBSON%26%2339%3bS+WORLD&utm_campaign=Woodcraft's+June+Catalog Expand Your Horizons- Have a chess player in your circle of friends? A nice "Rook Box" turned by Mike Peace- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders Have a new Drive Spur. If you need a super heavy duty one, this might be what you are looking for- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-accessories/products/big-bite-jumbo-spur-center Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly YouTube video list for woodturners- There was some discussion in our forum comparing the finish obtainable with carbide cutters vs. traditional HSS tools. I have been messing/experimenting with a chinese elm bowl. It seemed all my tools- negative rake carbide and HSS- were not providing the finish I was looking for. A lot of tear out. Just for the heck of it, I replaced the negative rake cutter on the Easy Wood Tools "Rougher" with their standard Ci1 R2 cutter. Then cranked the speed up to about 1500 RPMs You can see (about in the center of each picture) the change in surface texture between the negative rake and standard cutter. For this particular operation, the standard cutter produced the superior finish. Chinese elm has lovely grain but is not the easiest wood to get a nice finish directly from the tools. Sanded and ready to finish out the bottom. Safe turning and stay healthy
  17. What a week! Hope this Wednesday finds you all safe and healthy. June 1st started our annual site fundraiser/raffle. Our generous sponsors have kicked in some fantastic prizes. Please check the announceent- Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier used some spalted Maple to make another fantastic ornament! Ron continues to use this UV finish and it really looks like it does a fantastic job. Check Ron's post for his description of a "happy little accident" @Ron Altier also started a great discussion based on something that @Lissa Hall posted. Lissa showed us her first bowl, Ron wondered what our first turnings were. This sparked a bunch of comments from our turners. Why not join in and post a picture or tell us what your first turning was- @Ron Altier is this week's winner with the most posts! He asked us if/how we lubricated our scroll checks. He received several responses. How do you keep your scroll chuck running smooth? One of our new turners, @AndrewB considered a new lathe. He asked use for input. Although Andrew has purchased a lathe, you might be able provide advice on using the one he bought- @AndrewB Also purchased some carbide turning tools. Check out the ones he bought and the pictures of the project he turned- What’s Coming Up- Looks like all of the live, in-person symposiums are cancelled through the summer. However, Cindy Drozda is doing live remote learning demonstrations. Her next one is Saturday June 6. Here's her video with more details- For The Newbies- Turners make things round from stuff that is square. Often there is a need to cut the the round turning to remove the part we want. If the diameter is small, a hand saw works well. But on larger pieces, the bandsaw is often the tool we use. Cutting round pieces, perpendicular to the length can be dangerous if not held securely. Mike Peace has a short video showing how to make a jig to safely make this cut- @AndrewB mentioned he is interested in turning bowls. I found this video, from BB turning, that covers the basics of rough turning a bowl. Although he uses traditional turning tools, the process is basically the same for carbide tools. Expand Your Horizons- I don't think I would ever have the patience to do this but Carl Jacobson makes it look easy. The basket weave illusion has been around for a bit- Carl shows us how he does it. I was particularly taken with the jig/platform he uses to draw his straight lines. Tim Yoder is always fun to watch. He shows us that not every turning needs to be proportioned by the golden ratio, have a flawlessly sanded surface, inlaid with colored acrylics or finished with 2000 layers of CA. At about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video, Tim uses a really neat way to secure lose pieces of the blank he will turn. I think this might come in handy for securing bowls to Big Easy Jaws and Longworth chucks. New Turning Items- If you are a pen turner, you know the importance of trimming the blank to the exact length of the tube insert. Some turners sand the blank while others use a barrel trimmer. Some of the barrel trimmers don't do an outstanding job and need to be sharpened. This set uses carbide inserts so it will cut cleanly for a long time. Although a little more expensive, it comes with virutally every size pilot reamer. Each piece is available for individual purchase. Click on the image for the link to the website and more information. Everything Else- Rick Turns' weekly video listing is available- I had every intention of sanding my elm bowl this week. But you know about "the best laid plans of mice and men..."- Sunday evening Mimi asked me to go to the basement and start the laundry. Getting things ready, I noticed some water on the floor. Not Good! In the back of my mind, I have been half expecting the 15 year old water heater (the one with the 6 year warranty) to be about at its end of life. Sure enough it had sprung a leak. So, Monday it was a trip to Lowe's. Got the new one plumbed in by the end of the day- fortunately we have the electric type. Got the mess cleaned up yesterday. The problem was how to get the old one up the basement steps. Gravity was a great help taking the new one down; not so much bringing the old one up. Luckily a friend was available and the carcass is now in the bed of the pickup. So the bowl sets for a bit longer- Safe turning and stay well
  18. Well Pennsylvania is slowly moving to lessen some restrictions but where we live things are not fully reopened. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is still creating some awesome ornaments. Ron said he doesn't like this one but our turners disagree with his assessment. Check out Ron's post and see his explanation of this project. Be sure to let him know your opinion on the turning! We've had a new turner join our ranks. @AndrewB stopped by and told us a little about himself. He also gave us a look at one of his projects. Thank you for your service, Andrew. He is in the process of getting back into turning and has asked us for input on several questions and our turners didn't disappoint him with their responses. Checkout the great discussion going on- @Gerald posted a timely topic on Interactive Remote Demonstrations. Many woodturning clubs are using this method during the Covid crisis. It hit home to me as I was scheduled to do a demo for Easy Wood Tools. The group had to postpone our scheduled meeting several times. They are now doing their club meeting via "Zoom". Unfortunately, I do not have the necessary video equipment to make a presentation. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on maintaining the lathe drive spur. Part of the lathe we don't think much about- A well done video demonstrating how to turn a bowl. This author does it from start to finish using Easy Wood Tools- Expand Your Horizons- There seems to be a lot of interest in turning rings, lately. Woodcraft has an instructional video demonstrating the process using their WoodRiver project supplies- Easy Wood Tools posted a video demonstrating a scrap wood/acrylic bowl. The demonstrator uses the EWT negative rake cutters. New Turning Items- Not sure how "new" this item is but it is the first time I've seen one of these. I think it would be especially attractive to the pen turners who upgraded from an small pen lathe to a larger lathe. An adapter to convert #2 Morris tapers to #1 Morris tapers. These are available from- https://www.thewoodturningstore.com/alfa-tools/ Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly video list- Safe turning and stay healthy
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. I hope this Wednesday finds all of you safe and healthy. Our Patriot Turners- @Lissa Hall posted a concern about the crack that occured in a cedar bowl she recently turned. Several of our members provided some advice about what might have happened. Please check out her post and maybe you can offer additional ideas- @Ron Altier turned another beautiful bell ornament! He explains more about it and the finish he uses in his post. We've had lots of updates on past posts. @Kevin Beitz is still fighting with a maple bowl. Several members offered additional suggestions- @Gerald added additional images of his Friendship Bowls. He explained more about the finishes he uses- @Pauley provided more information on the finish on his curley maple vase- @Masonsailor has finished up his turned tulip cabinet- One of @Gerald's older post was revived. Great article from Woodcraft on making a jam chuck- What’s Coming Up- Everything still appears to be on hold. It may be a while until meeting, workshops and symposiums are up and running. For The Newbies- Woodworker's Journal has added a nice video, from Ernie Conover, on finishes for woodturners. Mr. Conover does a great job explaining and demonstrating several, simple finishes- Expand Your Horizons- There is still a growing interest in combining acrylic resins and wood. This video is not so much a "how to" but more of a "look what I did." New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders are offering a new stand alone tool rest for your grinder. You can read more about it here- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/grinding-wheel-accessories/products/stand-alone-tool-rest Everything Else- Rick Turns has his April video list available. With the lockdown, it's nice to have this list to pick from Been playing off and on with that splated maple bowl. I've always wanted to turn a Calabash bowl and that was my intention with this one. Unfortunately, the punky wood under the faceplate had different plans. To get a safe purchase on the piece, I needed to reverse the mount which left screw hole where the bowl bottom ended up. I'm not really happy with the shape, either. The holes were deep enough that when the inside was turned, they came thru. I tried to use sawdust and CA to fill them but they are pretty noticeable on the inside. So right now, I'm considering some sort of foot. I have some ebony piano keys. Might try to use them and design something. Surely can't leave it like this. Safe turning and stay well
  22. The last Wednesday in April. Don't forget Mother's Day is in a couple of weeks. My Mom is locked down in her assisted living facility. Haven't been able to visit for almost 2 months. Thank goodness she is a healthy 94. Our Patriot Turners- @Kevin Beitz showed us a really awesome wood score. What was intended for the woodstove is going to make some fantastic bowls. Kevin's post contains more images and some interesting comment. Please check it out- On Friday, @FlGatorwood posted a couple of images of some turnings he is making. These are the "inside-out" ornaments- Here's the link to his post- @aaronc finally fired up his lathe and has stepped over the edge of that slippery slope of turning! He showed us some pictures of his first turning and his lathe. He received lots of comments and helpful advice. Please read his post and see if you can provide any additional comment- @Ron Altier asked us about pricing ornaments. He said he was shocked at the price of some of them. He did receive lots of comments. What do you thin? What’s Coming Up- Yesterday, Woodcraft's Turning Tuesday had Frank Byers turning a ring. Frank turns a neat project each week and they are done live. This one is a little long but still interesting. For The Newbies- This video on woodturning tools for beginners highlights some of the Easy Wood Tools products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) but doesn't limit itself to just tool. Which part of the tree did that project come from? Tim Yoder explains- Expand Your Horizons- Two of our turners- @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker embellish their work with pyrography. Mike Peace shows us how he recently added "doodles" to a bowl he turned. I was surprised to see how large the piece of dogwood was, that he used. New Turning Items- It happens to all of us. Might as well be proud to join the club! https://www.msabansmith.com/category/merch/funnel-club/?fbclid=IwAR28E_HymWgL24636bwc2nEPXnJoS68jdVSmtSsBn2hJjYIm7lVOUhV-vxI Everything Else- I happened across this interesting tip from Lyle Jamieson. Quite an interesting way to secure a faceplate to end grain- Mr. David Reed Smith made available instructions for creating an overlay for an ornament Most of you know, I'm a jig junky. There are some fantastic shop made jigs in this one! Check out this link for more. Mr. Smith makes available a detailed PDF for only $2. http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/OverlayOrnament/OverlayOrnament.html Finally, Tim Yoder feeds the local squirrels- Safe turning and stay well
  23. I hope this Wednesday find everyone healthy and save. I just couldn't resist this. I laugh everytime I see it! Our Patriot Turners- If you haven't already check out the new Easy Wood Tools website, you really need to see how our sponsor has done a complete overhaul. Way to go @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! This is @John Morris post on it. Here's the link- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ @Pauley showed us a beautiful silver maple platter he turned. Check out his post to learn a little more about the size and what equipment he used. @Gerald turned several "Friendship Bowls". In his post he tells us about the materials and how he finished them. He received a whole lot of great comments on these beauties. @Ron Altier posted a video of a woodworker creating a Celtic Knot bowl. The video author has some serious skills! @Lissa Hall has been working on turning some mugs and wondered what the best finish would be to be able to handle both hot and cold liquids. She has had lots of input from our turners. Lissa has settled, for the time being, on pine resin. One of Woodcraft's franchises recently produced a video that talked about this very subject. Maybe there are some ideas here- What’s Coming Up- Woodcraft and Frank Beyers posted their latest Turning Tuesday video. This week Frank turned an acrylic ice cream scoop. Notice the use of Easy Wood Tools! Also, Frank's finishing techniques- For The Newbies- A little spindle turning and a little hollowing from Easy Wood Tools! Expand Your Horizons- Sam Angelo demonstrates how to turn an egg. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders and a great 15% sale going on sanding pads and backers. Check it out! Everything Else- Lately it seems everyone of my turning projects have had major complications. When I mounted this bowl blank, initially, the now open end was supposed to be the bottom. The wood, however, was too soft and punky to be able to turn a safe tenon or recess. I ended up moving the faceplate to the opposite end. Then there was an ingrown rotten branch that ran diagonally through the piece. The open end had to be enlarged to remove soft wood which kept flaking off. When I finally got the wall thickness to where I wanted it- The rotten branch area left a void in the side- And to top it all off, the original faceplate mounting holes were visible in the bottom- Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Safe turning and stay healthy
  24. 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
  25. Hope this finds all of you and your families safe and well. The weather here has been beautiful. Even had an awesome thunderstorm last night. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH managed to score some really nice turning tools and asked our members their opinions. Check out his post and see if you can provide some additional advice- Most of us have been asked to stay at home during this health crisis. One of the other forums, at the Patriot, is showing our members' quarantine project. @John Hechel posted a beautiful walnut bowl! John says it is his first ever bowl! Wish my first one turned out that nice!!! Check out his project- and other posts at- New member @Purpleheartguy posted some of his turnings in our gallery. He is just getting into turning but it looks like he sure has a knack for it. You can see his other images in the gallery beginning here- @FlGatorwood is turning his first inside-out ornament! He gave us a sneak preview of what it is going to look like! Check out his post at- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is still planning to hold their event in September. Click on the above image for the link to their site and more information. As we mentioned last week, our sponsor- Woodcraft- is hosting a Turning Tuesday event each week. If you didn't catch it, Frank Byers demonstrates turning some garden tools. For The Newbies- @Purpleheartguy mentioned in his turning posts that he didn't own a chuck. Yet he turned some beautiful pieces with the tools he had. Here's a video from Mike Peace showing how to create a bowl, on the lathe, without a chuck. There are several videos on YouTube on how to do this- There's always some questions about what's the best way to dry green wood for the final turning. I found this video from Woodcraft San Carlos where the presenter discusses several methods. Easy to understand. Note: Use you wife's microwave at your own risk Negative rake scrapers can be helpful in getting clean cuts and less catches. Sam Angelo has a video demonstrating their use, sharpening and why you might want to consider adding one to your turning arsenal. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace has a nice video showing how embellished an ash bowl. Not your typical finish. New Turning Items- If you like the idea of having one handle to be able to be used with a variety of lathe tools, this may be something you cam use- You can see more at- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/modular-woodturning-tool-handle-new-product/ Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos. Please take a moment to give him a thumbs up, acknowledging his hard work. @Purpleheartguy's comments got me to thinking about some of the chucks I've made. A very useful one is simple a piece of hardwood drilled and threaded to match the headstock threads. Then a piece of scrape glued to the face. The scrape is a sacrificial piece to which the project is glued. Another really useful one is the Longworth chuck. It can be used for reverse chucking a bowl to finish off the bottom. I used the same type of drilled/tapped hardwood block for the mounting portion of the one I made. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a used tap, that matches your lathe threads, at the surplus store. Safe turning and stay well
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