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  1. This popped up this morning, from Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/search?q=magswitch&button=search
  2. Maybe not the place for this but here goes. Just got this email from Woodcraft on a new clamp. I find the idea amazing but wonder what the clamp pressure is, have not researched yet Quick Twist Bar Clamp
  3. Bowl blanks can be dried using "chemistry". Submerging the blanks in various liquids can actually facilitate the loss of moisture. Before the pandemic, denatured alcohol was readily and turners would soak their blanks in it. Several sources of information on this- From the AAW- https://www.aawforum.org/community/threads/is-the-alcohol-drying-method-food-safe.9682/ From Mr. David Reed Smith- http://alcoholsoaking.blogspot.com/ and- http://alcoholsoaking.blogspot.com/2005/12/alcohol-soaking-q-and.html From David J. Marks- https://djmarks.com/drying-olive-wood-for-turning/ Alcohol should become more readily as the pandemic wanes. Another soaking method is using soap and water. As near as I can determine, this method was developed by Ron Kent- a Hawaii based turner. Even though he passed away several years ago, his website is still up and his original process is listed there. https://www.ronkent.com/techniques.php Using pretty much the same process, Ernie Conover discusses this in a Woodcraft blog- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/soap-in-your-bowl The AAW also has a discussion on this method- https://www.aawforum.org/community/threads/soaking-in-dishwashing-liquid.9087/ As well as the folks over at Sawmill Creek- https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?33726-Drying-green-wood-using-dish-soap I have personally adopted this method and find it works extremely well. At this time, none of my bowls have cracked and show very little deformation. This method is also very inexpensive. One final "chemical" drying is to immerse the bowl blanks in a desiccant material. These materials absorb moisture from the wood. This video, from Ernie Conover and The Woodworker's Journal demonstrates the procedure- Although initially expensive, desiccant can be reused by heating the crystals in the oven to "re-activate" them. A discussion from the AAW- https://www.aawforum.org/community/threads/drying-green-wood-turned-bowls-in-silica-desiccant-beads.16924/ Although not as popular as some of the other methods, Some turners have tried to boil the bowl blanks. This PDF, from the Arizona Woodturner's Association and written by Bill Noble has some details- boiling.pdf In the final entry, we will look at sources that have lists of multiple methods of drying.
  4. Check out this sale from our gracious sponsor, Woodcraft! https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/pen-pencil-stylus-kits?featured[]=Clearance&trk_msg=LS69K1VOALDK589S7T2LGI6C3G&trk_contact=GSF9RJJ1I54ES16EDIULIN24MG&trk_module=ract&trk_sid=CPAU34BBGJTOITSVQ5ECDKR3J8&trk_link=ENKB6URUBQLK500IU3Q3M14FCO&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Shop+Now-+Clearance+Pen+Kits&utm_campaign=DIRECT+JUL2021&utm_content=Clearance2+JUL2021
  5. It's been computer madness here so far this week! I think I need a vacation!!! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB used a glued up poplar blank for a pepper grinder. Looks really nice. He shows us some progression shots in this post- Andrew has found a new source for turning blanks. He gives us the low down in this post- @RustyFN gave us an update on the platter he started last week- Check Rusty's post for additional pictures and the start to finish thread- Rusty has also been busy with his segmented work. Here's another one of his beauties- This one garnered lots of positive v=comments! @Ron Altier received a request from his daughter. As always, Ron's projects are fantastic and use a variety of wood species. Lots of great comments about this on- @FlGatorwood received some sad news from a classmate. He decided to brighten her day with a "care package". Steve originally posted this in General Woodworking forum but I thought our turners would appreciate seeing what he made.- @Gunny puts a lot of us to shame with his organizational skills. He posted a utilitarian project he made on the lathe. Those projects that help us get things done are great to see (and steal)! Check out Curtis' post to see what this is used for. @Gerald finished up the coffee bar for his Mrs. He called it a coffee bar but I think it's more of a Coffee Shrine! Judging from the smile, I think she is happy. The entire project can be seen here- What’s Coming Up- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/WIT/WIT-Presents-Registration.aspx Mike Waldt is changing the format of his live presentations. A short video explaining what will be happening- For The Newbies- If you have decided to get into resin casting, Alumilite has free online video course to help you get started- https://www.alumilite.com/learn/casting/101?fbclid=IwAR3ngaxsteCcXRNZaKdNWel1wI6hFyvrFWOt2fld02AHzFiGfggv6zKM1_g Expand Your Horizons- Buying turning blanks can be expensive. Cutting your own blanks is fairly easy but is you can't turn them immediately they will deteriorate quickly. This PDF document, from the AAW, explains how to prepare and store the freshly cut blanks- Save turning blanks.pdf New Turning Items- Not really a new item, but Mike Peace covers the subject of Collet Chucks- If you are considering adding carbide tools to your arsenal, our sponsor Woodcraft, has Easy Wood Tools products on sale for the month of April- And they also have turning kits and supplies on sale- Ruth Niles' newsletter came this week. Lots of images of the items made by other makers. Some really great ideas. A cute idea from Rebecca DeGroot- You can sign up for Ruth's newsletters https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning and stay well
  6. This thread is classic me LOL (laughing with/at me is encouraged). So the other night after work, I’m sitting in my La-Z-Boy, trying to make it appear I’m still awake. I hear “Honey, can you make me one of these?” I ask, “What is it?” She replies “It’s a quilting clapper.” Silly me, I think that’s what turns on a quilting machine when you clap your hands. So I look at a picture of a block of wood she is showing me, and I’m like yeah, I can make you a block of wood LOL. Apparently you use these to flatten out seams, with an iron (and said block of wood). So I go online and some guy makes them, and shares the plan. hardwood, 2-3 inches wide and thick, 12 inches long. His are 3 inches wide at one end, and 2 inches wide at the other end. No gluing, no finishing. Guess I talked myself into not taking it too seriously, due to its ease of completion. So today I wander over to the closest Woodcraft, and pick up Mrs Ash, 3 x 3 x 36. I get her home and introduce her to Mr chopsaw. Now she has two sisters. I get out me compass and draw a 3 inch half circle on one end, and a 2 inch one on the other end. Find a straight edge, and connect the half circles. Figger I only need to do this once, I’ll use the first one to trace on the other two. Oh yeah, I figgered that since I’m making one, I may as well make three, the Missus, my sister, and another of the Missuss’s friends, who quilts. Well this is the first time I’ve worked with Ash, and the first time I’ve really worked with anything 3 inches thick. Also first time I’ve used the bandsaw on anything thicker than 3/4. I found out that my bandsaw is not square to the table. Since I had talked myself into this being an easy project (Which it certainly should have been, had I taken it seriously enough to make sure everything was square) I traced out the other two blanks, cut them on Mr Bandsaw. Woke up Mr SS Beltsander and spent some time trying to undo the appearances my unsquare bandsaw had produced. First time using the Shopsmith belt sander, I usually can get the job done with the strip sander. Mrs Ash and her sisters then had an appointment with Mr Router Bosch, who gave them a groove down the middle of each side, so the ladies can easily hold them. Tomorrow they have appointments with brother Mr ROS Bosch for a whole lot of sanding. I really wanted these to be 3 identical, perfectly radiused, straight edged, but assumed everything was gonna go smoother than it did. Next time I will take my EASY project more seriously, use a square, and NOT RUSH. This thread is only for entertainment purposes and is not looking to solicit any you’ll do better next time, replies.
  7. Canton, Michigan Woodcraft store is still looking for two part time sales help. Job posting was in November, but it's still current. Good luck! Woodcraft of Canton WWW.WOODCRAFT.COM Canton Woodcraft invites you into the store for friendly, knowledgeable advice on...
  8. I have a whole shelf full of banker boxes of old woodworking magazines (I cannot bear to throw them away). When I started (pre-internet days), I learned a lot from them. Now, I subscribe to very few. But I still read most of them. My local library has a lot of them on e-readers that I can read online at my leisure. As an Ohio resident, I have patron IDs at Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland libraries and can get current or back e-reader issues on demand. My local (Cincinnati) library circulates their recent issues, back a few years, and I can put a reserve on them and pick them up at my local branch if I want the hardcopy for any reason. This morning, I pulled off the pages for the Shaker Berry Box from an issue of FWW a year ago.
  9. For years I've read that a crosscut sled is a necessity in the shop, yet I never felt inclined to make one. (let me mention I have a panel sled to square up panels.)But while putzing with tissue box covers I wasn't happy handling such small pieces on the saw. Then I came across a smaller sled in a magazine (Woodcraft, maybe) that I though would be useful for smaller pieces. This is my version. Let me mention again, I'm very much function over form, so I don't dress such things up to look nice. I just want them to perform as they should. Anyway, what's different about this sled from others I've seen is that it's a single runner sled. That allows you to move from one miter slot to the other. The idea is that (on my saw) when it's in the left slot, you cut 90º more or less in the middle of the sled. When it's in the right slot, you can tilt the blade to 45º and cut miters for mitered corner boxes. Because you only have one runner I bought a metal one that adjusts for tightness and not worry about wear on it. Anyway, here's what I came up with: The pics show it in the left slot and the right slot. So far this looks handy for smaller pieces, it's only 14" between the fences and I kinda wished I had made it a little smaller. But it's 25" wide and that seems to be about right.
  10. @Gerald reminded me of an additional sale at Woodcraft- Click on the image for the link to Woodcraft sale pages
  11. Awesome time to stock up on those Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools products! Woodcraft has a 15% 3 day deal on Easy Wood Tools products, including cutters! Click on the image for the link to Woodcraft!
  12. Here's a chance for our turners to help make a difference in the life of a service person- Click on the above image for the complete details. You don't have to visit a Woodcraft store to participate!
  13. Popped up in my inbox this morning. A lot of turning items. Some good prices but limited quantities on some things. https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/clearance?trk_msg=OT1I91AD0244T7GIGRH439JGLO&trk_contact=GSF9RJJ1I54ES16EDIULIN24MG&trk_sid=23O7J9SNUEUTTK90ES8556FA44&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Shop+Clearance+Items+Now&utm_campaign=Clearance&utm_content=Clearance
  14. Our site sponsor, Woodcraft, is having a clearance sale. Lots of great turning supplies for Christmas projects as well as other awesome stuff. https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/clearance?trk_msg=LBL5GCMLMLA457FTGEUL9N5PSO&trk_contact=QNSFAEQ45HFA1IHE09ORJKR45S&trk_sid=8QC3REUTE75ECCOSK66L59JQKC&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=September+Clearance+Items&utm_campaign=Clearance+Stuff+Must+Go
  15. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome New Members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured Topic Our Featured topic by @John Morris has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. We are now in the midst of our annual mid year fundraiser folks! Click on the topic below to see how you can help and to view the great prizes awaiting our winners.
  16. 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
  17. Woodcraft has made available a free tutorial on using Sketchup. Check it out at- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/the-best-of-sketchup
  18. I wish I could say this is all an April Fools joke, but... Two posts this week I thought were extremely important even though they didn't deal with turning. The first from @Ron Altier about isolation. This can be a real deal breaker for some folks. I'm glad we have each other to help fend off those feelings. The second was from @Kevin Beitz wondering why more of us weren't posting on the forums now that we are asked to stay home. With all of the doom and gloom bombarding us from all sides, some of us just can't get the juices flowing enough to really enjoy time in the shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Lissa Hall showed us her first turned bowl and it is a beauty. Lissa turned it from cedar- Check out Lissa's post and give her kudos on a great turning! @Masonsailor continues to finish up his lazy susan tulips. He have us two updates this week- and- Our old friend @Charles Nicholls is still cranking out his great stuff. Charles showed us what he is up to on a post from last Friday- New member @marshall posted an inquiry about learning to use a Ringmaster from Peter Merritt. He has received a few comment but hopefully some of you can direct him to more information- What’s Coming Up- "Turning Tuesday at Woodcraft" is a new video presentation from our sponsor. This is from their YouTube channel- "We are starting a weekly live video series where we hang out in the shop and make something. As of right now Tuesdays at 2pm Frank will be turning one of our project kits. We will hopefully be adding more streams as well. Make sure you follow us on social media to stay up to date." For The Newbies- There are pretty much as many ways to turn a project as there are turners. Here's a nice video on turning spheres without any special jigs- Expand Your Horizons- Last week we posted a rather lengthy video on getting into resin turning. Woodcraft has a written tutorial for those wishing to give it a try. You can read it at- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/resins-for-rookies New Turning Items- Sorry, could find anything this week. Everything Else- With everyone trying to stay safe, some turning clubs are using virtual meetings to keep in touch. I think some of our turners, here, have done this. Here is a video from Mike Peace going over some thoughts and ideas. And for your enjoyment, a little something from our good friend Tim Yoder- Safe turning and stay well
  19. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodcraft-product-spotlight-woodpeckers-onetime-tool-delve-square
  20. Click on the image for the link to Woodcraft!
  21. Found this article in a Woodcraft email on photographing your work. It is a bit more extensive than my blog Lets talk Photography Woodcraft Magazine Photographing Your Projects This is a downloadable PDF.
  22. Click on the image for the sales flyer!
  23. Anyone can join in to this fantastic tradition since 2004. Walk into any Woodcraft Store and turn pens for our troops!
  24. Just a heads up folks. Also, see attached for the pdf download Wood & Resin Turned Box WWW.WOODCRAFT.COM Use these simple turning techniques to create a unique lidded box. Woodcraft Turned Box Resin and Wood.pdf
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