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  1. Today, I had the greatest pleasure by being able to deliver all of the Ward 57 Christmas gifts to the Forney family. We met with Travis, Michelle and their two youngest sons- Houston and Levi. Great folks! Even though the kids' gifts have been purchased, there is still time to get in on the awesome prizes in our raffle. Your donations will be forwarded to Mr. and Mrs. Forney to help out with raising their 5 young boys. So, be generous, I know they will appreciate it beyond words. Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber posted a video from Robo Hippy describing a uniquely shaped gouge. Forty also purchased that tool and showed us a little on how well it worked- Forty also posted some images of his new sander/grinder setup. I really like that flexible shaft idea! @Bob Hodge posed a query about what type of spindle gouge would be good for turning finials. Several of our turners had suggestions and also shared some of their turnings from their favorite type of gouges @RustyFNTurned a couple of beautiful bowls- one from pecan and one from walnut What’s Coming Up- https://meetthewoodturner.com/ For The Newbies- It's getting closer to Christmas and if you are short a couple of gifts, Carl Jacobson has an idea for a cute little bottle stopper- Another gift idea comes from Mike Peace. This is a two part video and part 2 is linked from Mikes channel- Kent Weakley offers some tips on how to reduce the stress and strain on your body during turning- Expand Your Horizons- Alan Stratton uses mixed media to produce really fantastic Christmas ornaments. Last week, we posted a link to threaded inserts for screw-on lids. In this 2 part video Mike peace demonstrates how to cut your own threads directly into the wooden turning. Part 2 is linked from Mike's channel- Richard Raffan has a short video discussing various finishes for turnings. These aren't your ordinary clear coat finishes- New Turning Items- These LED lights are similar to the ones sold by Cindy Drozda. Pretty good price. Available from Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lamps/products/eclipse-led-lathe-lamp On a personal note: if you have a soldering pencil, an old 5 volt USB charging brick and cable and a rare earth magnet- you can get these and build your own. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Found this on social media and thought it described how many woodturners/woodworkers felt about their work Safe turning
  2. Our Ward 57 Christmas project is underway! We've made it to about 20% of the way to our goal! If you haven't donated yet, please checkout this link- Also, Easy Wood tools has added some awesome prizes to the Ward 57 raffle! And, speaking of Easy Wood Tools, we have a new member to our turning forum. Please welcome @Jordan Martindale! She is the Administrative Assistant & Sales Support person at Easy Wood Tools. Jordan is also working to expand Easy Wood Tools' involvement in the social media world of things. Our Patriot Turners- Last week's posted video on the skew prompted @forty_caliber to challenge us to show the eggs we created. @HandyDan accepted the gauntlet and posted this- Fantastic work, Dan!! Leave it to @Steve Krumanaker to create another awesome mechanism for embellishing a turning. This one is so cool! Thanks, Steve!! About a year ago, @smitty10101 posted a question about turning end grain and how to handle tear out. New member @Bill Blasic picked up with the posted and added his thoughts. Check out the additional comments- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information/registration- For The Newbies- Mike Peace continues with his series of videos covering the use of turning accessories- Richard Raffan demonstrates turning a small cross grain box. Expand Your Horizons- We mentioned last week about Cindy Drozda's live presentation of using a camera to assist in hollowing. If you missed it, she posted the video on YouTube. Couple of weeks ago, @HandyDan was looking for a video on turning a natural edge wine glass. Not quite a wine glass but maybe this will help- What to try ebonizing? Really short video from Richard Raffan- Alan Stratton reuses a bandsaw jig to add interesting details to his turnings- New Turning Items- Niles Bottle Stoppers has added a new product. Carl Jacobson demonstrates the new bronze threaded inserts. Woodturners Wonders is having their Black Friday's sale for the entire month! https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finished and delivered the walnut bowls. Nothing special. I really need to get more experience with the Sorby spiral/texture tool. I've watched Darryl Jones ( https://www.youtube.com/Dreadknotwoodshop ) and Jeff Hornug (https://www.instagram.com/jeffreyhornung/ ) to try and understand how they get those beautiful designs but so far mine are miserable failures. I used the sanding paste, Yorkshire Grit from Easy Wood Tools ( @Jordan Martindale ). Love the results! The lady was happy o I guess that's what matters. Safe turning
  3. Frantic week here, unfortunately absolutely no time at the lathe. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN rough turned a bunch of bowls- In his post he tells us about the type of wood and shows us some of the blanks- Rusty also finished a beautiful mahogany bowl Check out the nice comments by our turners- Last week, @forty_caliber picked up some really nice bowl blanks. He created some awesome pieces from them Check out more from his continued post- What’s Coming Up- Lots happening in the near future. Click on the images for links to more information and registration. For The Newbies- This is copied and pasted from Ron Brown's latest newsletter. Good advice for new turners when selecting tools. Should You Use A Butter Knife For Everything? Why not? Because there are times when a butter knife just won’t cut it. Sometimes you need a butcher knife to cut up chicken, steak, or a pork roast. You might need to peel a potato or an apple or cut up ingredients for a chunky salad. It is the same thing with lathe tools. Sometimes you need to slice, other times you need to scrape, and sometimes you just need to make a lot of material go away. When I first began to learn about turning, my turning buddies thought the key to turning like the professionals was having their tool with their grind. So, I bought a new tool with every new demonstration I watched. Turns out, it isn’t the tool! I began to analyze High-Speed Steel lathe tools and it didn’t take long to realize that there are only 6 basic categories for HSS tools; 7 if you include tools for hollowing. There are many different sizes within each category and many different grinds within each category. I even developed a helpful chart so you can better visualize each one. I’ve made it available as an Instant Free Download here: We call it “Turner’s Reference Guide.” You will have to be registered, also free, and logged into your account. I recommend you print this out and post it in your shop. My recommendation is to acquire a limited number of HSS tools in each category and add different sizes and grinds as you need them. Simply having 100 HSS turning tools doesn’t make you a better turner. This I found out the hard way. Here's the link to register for Mr. Brown's newsletter. Once registered, you can download the reference guide mentioned above. "It's Free"!! https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=account/register Want to expand your creativity? A video from the AAW on turning a mushroom- Turned beads are a great way to add interest to almost any turning. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates some of the tools for turning beads- Turning a bowl from a log can be done several ways and it's always good to see the method used by other turners. Here Kent Weakley demonstrates his style- And, Richard Raffan's method- Expand Your Horizons- Need to turn a thin spindle? Jim Echter shows how it's done. Awesome skew work!! Always fun to watch Mike Waldt create a new item. This is part 1 of an elderberry vase. Yet another scoop version from Alan Stratton- I happened upon this on a social media site. We are always looking for food safe methods of finishing turnings. This may, or may not, be an effective but it sure is interesting. This is a copy and paste from Debbie Coull's Instagram post ( https://www.instagram.com/p/Cj3BgYgjbrC/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY%3D ) so all can read it. "Sealing a food safe vessel with hot milk. No idea of the exact process as I struggled to get anything online for doing this with wood. Lots about how to do it with earthenware. So, since this is an ancient technique, I figured, keep it simple. Sycamore cereal bowl (hopefully), turned and sanded to 320. Exterior sealed with wax, interior left naked (I know the wax exterior will wash off after it's been in use and washed). Milk was heated till I burned the tip of my finger, then poured in till it lipped the rim. Now leaving it to cool. The process requires the casein protein in the milk penetrating and sealing the wood grain. I know there will be several folk comment about the milk going rancid, but I'm trusting the process. If it didn't work, then it wouldn't have been practiced for centuries." New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has expanded their product line to include CA adhesives. You can check out their complete selection at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/adhesives Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  4. Well, a day late. Yesterday got away from me and by the end of the day I was beat. Added stair rails to the deck steps. Mimi has been having difficulty navigating the steps while trying to keep control of the new puppy. First one wasn't as perfect as I would have liked- angles slightly off. Second one went a little better. Apparently my Sketchup drawing was not accurate for the stairs that were already in place. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker gave us an update on the platter he is making. The weave design is coming along nicely- See Steve's post for our turner's comments and more images of the platter- @Ron Altier posted one of his earlier turned ornaments- In his post, Ron explains a little on how this one was made- @RustyFNhas been really busy in his shop turning bowls, plates and refinishing. He posted two of the bowls he made This post has both along with comments from our turners- The plate, Rusty turned, got lots of comments on how perfectly it was centered- Rusty told us this one almost didn't happen! Rusty also decided to refinish a bowl he had turned Part of his finishing process included the use of wax. He explained what he did and what happen. He received lots of advice on finishing in this post- @Bob Hodge showed us some of his Christmas ornaments and shared his thoughts on spindle turning versus bowl turning. His ornaments combine several different materials and ideas- See his post for all of the details- What’s Coming Up- Lyle Jamieson has a couple of IRD's coming up- https://lylejamieson.com/product-category/live-interactive-remote-demonstrations/ Accelevents Small Turning Expo- The link for more information- https://www.accelevents.com/e/mpg-small-turning-expo For The Newbies- From the Woodworker's Journal, the monthly email for woodturners. Check out the t really neat spindle projects included in the publication. The link- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- Have you tried wet sanding using an abrasive paste? In this video, of an IRD, Mike Peace demonstrates the processes- Watch Richard Raffan turn a sweet little bowl. What we start with and what it turns out to be is can often be quite different- New Turning Items- From Craft Supplies USA, the new digital catalog- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/emailsales/oct-6-22.html Not so much new but a few sales currently running- From Carl Jacobson, some Niles bottle stoppers https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/whiskey-sample-kit/ If you are looking to upgrade your sharpening system, Woodturners Wonders is having a "Build Your Own" Kodiak sharpening system https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning-
  5. I posted this in a separate listing in the Turner's Forum earlier this week but am adding it here to help spread the word. During SWAT, our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) donated the profits from a special T-Shirt sale to the Vetsturn program provided by ToolMetrix. The Vetsturn program is looking for 8 additional qualified veterans to participate in their next session. They have posted this YouTube video with the information and additional details. Please watch this video at the YouTube site and check out the links provided for additional information and links. In addition, the following link will take you to an article in The Woodworker's Journal detailing the program- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/vetsturn-helping-heal-ptsd-through-turning/ Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to create a detailed how-to on his baby rattles. The complete steps are here- Thanks, Dan! @forty_caliber worked on rough turning some pecan bowl blanks. These surely have some gorgeous grain- More about each one can be found in these posts- "Forty" also posted a picture of some bowl blanks from which he is going to turn presents for his Mrs. The blanks are from Cook Woods- Check out his post for more about the species. @aaronc posted images of some maple limbs he cut and set aside for turning. The dark and contrasting light colors should make for some fantastic turnings. Check out his post at- @Steve Krumanaker started a large platter on which he will perform his pyrography magic! In his post, Steve shows us a bit his plan for the design- What’s Coming Up- Last week we mentioned the 2022 Christmas ornament contest was about to start. Here's the video with all of the necessary information- For The Newbies- The screw chuck is often overlooked as a method of holding pieces on the lathe. In these two Richard Raffan videos, he demonstrates using this method for several types of turnings Expand Your Horizons- Picked this up from the AAW. Using the beading tool to create some nice designs- Last week we posted a video from Alan Stratton where he turned a vase from OSB. He has since improved the end results by stabilizing the material. Bird house turnings make fine Christmas ornaments. With the ornament contest just starting, this video from Mike Peace may give you some ideas for an entry- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a sale on lights- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Whether you are doing an IRD, in-person demo or instructional video, these are some great tips from Ron Brown. Copied and pasted from Mr. Brown's newsletter: Start At The End That sounds backward. There is a very famous quote from Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” Scripture tells us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If you will take the time to see the end, the finished project, and the final result before you ever begin, all you have to do is figure out how to get there from here. If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll get there every time, and all too often, you won’t like where you ended up. In this age of YouTube, Vimeo, and TikTok videos, it aggravates me to no end when folks present a video of them making something. They start at the beginning without any preview of the finished project. You most often have no inkling of even what they are making until almost the very end. And about 90% of the time, it was something I had no interest in viewing. My plea, especially in this age of hybrid meetings including Zoom, is to begin at the end. Have examples of the finished project, or at least illustrations so folks know where you are going. Then show them how you get there. Your presentations will be much more effective when your audience knows where you expect to end up. That approach also keeps you focused on the end result of your process. As an example, let us use something as simple as turning a natural edge bowl from green wood. It could even be a limb or a branch. 1. Show a finished natural edge bowl so folks know what you are talking about. 2. Begin with a half log with the bark still attached. 3. Mount the blank in the lathe between centers with the bark side toward the headstock. 4. Bring up the live center and shape the outside of the bowl including a tenon at the tailstock end. Be sure to leave a divot in the center of the tenon. You will need it later. 5. Sand and finish everything but the tenon. 6. Turn the blank around and mount it in a 4-jaw chuck. 7. Remove the inside and turn the walls to final thickness leaving the bark attached. 8. Use a jamb chuck to press against the inside of the bowl and turn it around with the tenon toward the tailstock. 9. Use the divot you created in the center of the tenon. Place the point of your live center in the divot and lock the bowl against the jamb chuck. 10. Carefully shape, or remove, the tenon down to a small nub and finish the outside of your bowl. 11. Remove the bowl from the lathe and finish the nub by hand. 12. Since the blank was green, it will go oval. Expect it, celebrate it, love it. 13. You can leave the bowl unfinished, but my preference is to apply a few coats of Walnut Oil finish. You began by showing folks a finished Natural Edge Bowl so they knew what it should look like. Then you executed all of the steps to make one before their very eyes. When you finished, they knew what to expect and how they can do it themselves. You are a master!!! You may have been the most effective demonstrator they ever saw. Follow this recipe and you will have great success every time. Remember that wherever you go, there you are. Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  6. Beautiful late summer day here in south central PA. Unless you are very new to woodturning, you probably have heard of "Cap'n Eddie"- Eddie Castelin. Cap'n provided education and products for turners. A video he posted last week- Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier upped his ornament game by refurbishing a windchime! Ron explains about some of the wood he used on this upgrade in his post- @Gene Howe gave us a heads-up on an interesting website from Ron Brown. If you create an account, at the bottom of the create an account page, there is a place to check to subscribe to Ron's newsletter. @Gerald is into mushrooms- the legal kind . He explains about his techniques in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to information and registration. For The Newbies- Chuck maintenance is often overlooked but extremely important If you are considering whether or not you want to try carbide tool, this video from Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) may answer some of your questions- A nice, short video from Richard Raffan on using the spindle roughing gouge- We have discussed dust extraction for the lathe here several times. Richard Raffan shows us his setup- Expand Your Horizons- Measuring tools for the turner can be very useful. Mike Peace demonstrates several types of shop made measuring devices- Carl and Robin Jacobson are the new owners of Niles Bottle Stoppers. Carl has been producing videos to demonstrate some of the other product sold by Ruth. This offset jig is pretty slick- New Turning Items- In keeping with Mike Peace's video on measuring tools, Woodturners Wonders have a sale on their calipers- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/calipers-compass/products/full-caliper-set Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Last week we posted a video from Alan Stratton on turning a ball within a ball. Ala's octagon technique for turning a sphere was different than what I had used before- David Reed Smith's shadow technique. Thought I'd give it a try. No finish or fine grit sanding and a bit of a catch on the larger sphere. The inside of the walnut sphere could have been a little more accurate. I think it would have been better for the species to be reversed but these were scraps. Safe turning
  7. Last day of August! Where did the summer go?!?!? Our Patriot Turners- Our turners have been busy this week! @Gerald posted about a novel idea for embellishing a turning. He describes the materials he used and how he obtained the neat colorization in his post- @Gunny posted this in the "What's on tour weekend agenda"- Gunny has these down to an art! @forty_caliber finished up a bowl he started a while back. The grain and color in this one is incredible! He explains the name in his post- @RustyFN posted his beautiful Calabash bowl. He received lots of positive comments and @Gerald was kind enough to post a couple of his bowls for comparison. What’s Coming Up- Hold onto your hats- lots coming up in the near future! A bunch from the AAW. Click on the images for links and information. For The Newbies- Jim Rodgers continues his instruction on how/why catches happen. In this one, Jim discusses the scraper- Expand Your Horizons- Mike Waldt turns and embellishes an ash hollow form- ...and a Yew lidded box Seems we have been really concentrating on making scoops. Another idea but quite different than the previous designs- New Turning Items- SWAT was this past weekend. Cindy Drozda took the opportunity to video many of the vendors and their products. She was live on several occasions. She has posted some of the material on her YouTube Channel. The link to her channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/cindydrozda Craft Supplies USA is having a closeout on a bunch of their products. Some good prices! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/20/Closeout?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=closeout&utm_campaign=22-08-closeout Woodturners Wonders Weekly sale: https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the 3M Xtract sand paper. Taylor Toolworks is currently having a sale on the product- https://taytools.com/collections/3m-xtract?afmc=17p&utm_campaign=17p&utm_source=leaddyno&utm_medium=affiliate Everything Else- Rick Morris must be on vacation this week- He didn't post his usual list of turning videos. Tim Yoder is always a lot of fun to watch- I've been kicking this idea around for a while. Usually, when I make a lidded container, I will use contrasting species for the lid and body. Some things like pepper mills are made from a single piece of the same species. Cutting the blank in half and then creating a tenon can cause a noticeable grain mismatch where the cut/tenon is created. I was watching one of Cindy Drozda's live tool talks and she described a technique that minimizes the material loss and grain mismatch. After cutting the blank, it is glued back together with a sacrificial piece between the halves. This sacrificial piece becomes the tenon. My first attempt at this was a miserable failure. The cuts were not clean enough to create a good glue joint. I'm thinking I need a way to ensure the pieces will look seamless when mated together. My next try was a little better. The first thing was to create a sharp cut with no tear out. I forgot to take a picture in my haste but I used a skew chisel to start the separation cut. Then used my freshly sharpened, shop made, thin parting tool. Also cranked the lathe speed way up to part off the pieces- I did not create a tenon. Instead, I decided to turn tight fitting plug that would be used as the lid tenon. Mortice in one end- Fitting the plug Glue the plug into one of the mortices- the lid on this one. Trim the plug so the two halves fit together- Carefully hollow out the insides making certain not to touch the plug mating surfaces. I did not spend a lot of time sanding the inside. My main goal was to see if the plug idea would work. Some sanding on the outside and testing the grain match- Had to play a little to fancy up the very plain shape- I think this will have a much great effect when used on highly figured wood. This was from a very old piece of air dried walnut. Quite brittle. Safe turning
  8. It's been a slow week here for our turners. However, Easy Wood Tools is helping veterans get started and enjoy the satisfaction of woodturning and dealing with their PTSD. You can help this awesome cause by purchasing T-shirts. Head over to the Easy Wood Tools site and order yours while there is still time- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- Everyone was busy cleaning their shops What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration. The mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium- From Craft Supplies USA- For The Newbies- Scroll chucks are are excellent for holding turnings but they can leave jaw impression marks on your work. In this video, Richard Raffan demonstrates how to almost completely eliminate them- A great video from Jim Rodgers on why catches occur when using gouges- Alan Stratton comes up with yet another method for turning scoops. This is a one piece scoop- Speaking of scoops, here's an old video from Tim Yoder demonstrating how he does it- Expand Your Horizons- How thin do you turn your bowls?? Here, Kent Weakley demonstrate techniques for turning really this bowls- Sometimes the turning we had in our mind isn't quite what comes off the lathe. Here, Tim Yoder makes design modifications on the fly. The results are pretty neat! If you have one of Ruth Niles' Joyner Off Center Jigs You know it can be a little frustrating imagining exactly what the final pattern will look like. In this video, from the AAW, Dawn Petrie-George shows how to create a template to help with this. Speaking of Ruth Niles, Cindy Drozda recently did a live stream on YouTube making bottle stoppers using Ruth's products- New Turning Items- Mike Waldt demonstrates a modular tool rest system. Not sure if this manufacturer is available in the U.S. Here in the U.S., there are several sources of similar products including Nova, Sorby and other woodworking outlets. Not a new item but a sale on sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders- Check out the deals here- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  9. Congrats to all the winners of our summer fundraising/raffle event. A great big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in helping keep our site alive!! The Patriot Woodworker site is dedicated to helping veterans. Our very generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) is offering a limited edition T-Shirt and they are being sold to support combat veterans through VetsTurn. Please show your support by ordering a shirt today. The shirts are $35 each and include shipping within the USA. Please consider helping out VetsTurn and our combat veterans. Shirts can be ordered at https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald gave us a look at a tool stand he made. This one certainly won't tip over! Gerald tells us about where he got the base in his post- What’s Coming Up- From the AAW list of upcoming events- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-kitchen-series-part-one-woodturning-platte-tickets-392861458197 For The Newbies- Mike Peace continues to produce short videos covering turning topics often over looked. This one is on lathe vibration- You don't necessarily need a large chunk of a log to turn something beautiful. In this video, Richard Raffan demonstrates using a flitch to create bowl blanks. Watch how a professional handle the occasional chuck problems, too. Here's a project that can be sent home with the grandkids. Take the phone off of the hook after they leave- Expand Your Horizons- It has always bothered me to waste so much material when creating a bowl. In this video, Mike Peace visits a turner who demonstrates using the Oneway Coring System- I know @Steve Krumanaker and @Gerald both embellish their turnings with pyrography techniques. This video, from the AAW, provides some tips for those who might be interested in getting started with this- Not a material I have ever considered using to do a turning but Alan Stratton creates a really nice looking segmented vase from OSB! Mike Waldt turns a gorgeous vessel from "American Mountain Mahogany". I had never heard of this species but it sure is beautiful when turned- New Turning Items- Not a new item but new sale price from Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- If you missed the online Virtual Craft Festival last week, each presenter's video is listed in Rick's post. Safe turning
  10. Just a couple of days left in our summer fund raiser. Please consider getting those raffle tickets, if you haven't already done it. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald posted a fantastic walnut platter he just finished- Check out more images and the comments from our turners- @PostalTom moved his chess piece post into our woodturning forum. He has a great start on a bunch of the pieces. He is getting ready to turn the "Knights" and was curious about the procedure. Maybe you can help him with some ideas. What’s Coming Up- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/2022VirtualSymposium/2022-Virtual-Symposium---Main.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=kVAC3 For The Newbies- A chuck, stuck on the headstock threads, can be a real problem. In this video, Mike Peace discusses some of the ways to remove it and how to prevent it. Cindy Drozda hosts live tool chats from time to time. You can sign up for notifications when they will be available. http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Signup.html This is the video she posted from her last presentation- This video, from Kent Weakley, is on twice turning a bowl. What I found interesting is the type of chuck he used to hold the bowl to get it ready for mounting on his chuck. Expand Your Horizons- Last week we posted information on cleaning CBN grinder wheel. @Gerald pointed out there is some disagreement on whether or not this is necessary. Not having used CBN sharpening products, I was not aware of this difference in opinion. I searched the AAW boards for some more information and found this- https://www.aawforum.org/community/threads/cbn-wheel-cleaning.13014/ The discussion touches on several "cleaning" ideas as well as some other wheel care. Along the CBN lines, here's a video from Mike Waldt setting up a grinder with CBN wheels. Although the video is about a specific manufacturer, there are lots of great tips- From the AAW, a video on multi-axis spindle turning How does a true artist deals with the unexpected? Richard Raffan demonstrates- New Turning Items- Ken Rizza, from Woodturners Wonders, has a video demonstrating the Kodiak MAX sharpening system. Everything Else- The Richard Raffan video demonstrated how to work around the unexpected. Frank Howarth takes it to a whole other level. Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  11. Hope everyone had an enjoyable July 4th. Our Patriot Turners- @knockonit posted a question to turners about turning Indian Rosewood. He has received a few responses so far- If you have experience with this species, please hop on over to his post and give him your suggestions. @RustyFN gave us a look at his hollowing rig he is using in conjunction with his shop made steady rest. Really looking forward to seeing this in action. Check out the addition to Rusty's previous post- @Masonsailor turned a few more of those baseball displays for his Mrs. Paul's post has more images- What’s Coming Up- As a reminder, Cindy Drozda's 4 part, online turning class starts this Saturday July 9. More information at her website- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html Cindy is also hosting a "Tool Talk" on Thursday July 7. These are live streaming interactive discussions. If you do Facebook, checkout this link- https://www.facebook.com/1124046309/posts/pfbid0ZHVS9EBVaYc2vTFwaKiAraUEvgrHRGyGNHStARhvxYNwhZ3TbHzZ65qxMZi4tG2Rl/?d=n&mibextid=HcvaIG Cindy usually streams this live on YouTube as well. This is the link to her channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/cindydrozda/featured or here- https://youtu.be/-UpYnwfIEgA For The Newbies- Mike Peace continues to post short, informative turning tips and instructional videos. This one compares a chuck worm screw to a screw chuck. If you have a set of Cole jaws for your chuck, you may find this video useful- Expand Your Horizons- Offset turning can be exciting. Here Alan Stratton turns a one piece wooden scoop- Mike Waldt demonstrates turning a hollow form- An interesting process that uses more than just turning to create an awesome looking bowl- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a preorder sale on the complete Kodiak sharpening system- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/kodiak-max-woodturners-complete-sharpening-system-pre-order-expected-7-15?utm_content=Facebook_UA&utm_source=facebook&variant=42576925851815&fbclid=IwAR3y-Ljoo49jKC2oyp_e_ftGdoCgg2HiKZKdcnxBM68SEMflaWDbN4lqRbY While you are at the site, checkout their line of sanding supplies/equipment. Ken Rizza discusses some the products in this video- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finally got done with the refinishing of some old kitchen ware turnings. These were made back in 2007 and had been used hard in Mimi's kitchen. The pepper grinder set a little too close to the stove and the heat discolored the wood. All of the surfaces had accumulated cooking oils/grease from daily use. Sanding and fresh applications of gloss ploy, The platter is the one that got way too thin at the center mounting mortice. Did all the sanding/finishing and then filled the mortice with Alumilite mixed with black opaque coloring. Safe turning
  12. Coming up on the middle of May already! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald gave us a peek at a couple of bowls he has finished. Gorgeous wood and designs. Check out his post for more images and descriptions of what he has done What’s Coming Up- Several turning events and IRD's. Click on the images for the links to registration/information. TOMORROW MAY 12, 2022 For The Newbies- Looking for something new to try? Check out this neat idea for holding a mirror, turned by Jennifer Shirley- Before starting a turning, it is often wise to consider what type finish it will have. In this video, Sam Angelo discusses his thoughts on the subject. Expand Your Horizons- Most of the time turners do a lot wood prepping to prevent a turning from warping. In this video, Alan Stratton experiments with green wood to see the results of warping- New Turning Items- The lid is off the secret! New Easy Wood Tools products are now available and shipping!! Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools!!! Here's the link to the Easy Wood Tools site for ordering- https://www.easywoodtools.com/shop-lathe-accessories This video shows Carl Jacobson turning a bowl, using the new rings. These are the quality you would expect from Easy Wood Tools. VERY heavy, lots of mounting holes, absolutely now slippage between the chuck and ring and no runout on either the side or face of the rings. This is a PDF of the announcement- New Public Product Announcement May 2022.pdf From Ultra-Shear, a new pen mandrel Click on the image for more information. Woodturners Wonders is running a sale on CBN Hones https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  13. Our Patriot turners have been busy in their shops this week with a wide range of project! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker accepted his club president's challenge for making gnomes or "gonks". Steve received lots of comments and questions. Please check out his post for more images and ideas- Steve also showed us a new toy he bought. I have to say, I'm kinda partial to this one myself Sooner or later it happens to all of us. @Gerald was turning a bowl and disaster struck. But undaunted, Gerald pressed on and salvaged what otherwise would have been firewood. Check out what he did and the end results at- New member @Reese Aukee posted some of her awesome turnings. Reese is new to turning but it looks like she is a natural and a real eye for creativity!! She shared more of her work here- @Ron Altier is finally getting back into the shop after a brief hiatus as caregiver. As for most of us, woodturning is our relaxation and meditation- All did not goes as planned for Ron. As often happens, "the best laid plans of mice and men..." This post by @Headhunter reminded me that we really haven't promoted our "Ringmaster Sub-Forum" very often. Check out this post for some fantastic creations! Here is the link to the Ringmaster sub-forum- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/98-ringmaster-turning/ What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for the links to registration and more information- From the AAW- From a social media post by Rebecca DeGroot- For The Newbies- From Carl Jacobson, a video covering some tools that make turning easier- Turning a thin walled bowl has a bit of a learning curve but they are beautiful and elegant. However, thin walled bowls are rather fragile and may not be suitable for utilitarian use. Here, Kent from Turn A Wood Bowl, demonstrates how to have to the best of both worlds. Mike Peace shows us we don't need a chainsaw or a chunk of log to make a bowl- Expand Your Horizons- Some turning, some carving and a lot of sanding when Tim Yoder tackles a Manzanita root- This one's for @Ron Altier. Ron turns crochet hooks for his Mrs. This video, from Alan Stratton, shows how to turn quilting tools. New Turning Items- Woodturners wonders have their Lathe Track System on sale. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-track Mentioned this before. Ruth Niles sold her business to Carl and Robin Jacobson. Ruth is holding a clearance sale to avoid having to ship a lot of stock from Pennsylvania to Oregon. Here are some examples of the savings available- Click on the image for the link to more sale items. The sale ends April 3!!! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Cherry burl/wood platter from a piece of wood I got at the Nittany Woodturners Club meeting a while back-
  14. Lovely spring day here in south central PA. My grandmother would have called this "the robin snow" Our Patriot Turners- Not too much happening from our turners this week. @Gerald did post about some of his sales on a different forum in answer to questions about craft shows- What’s Coming Up- From "Meet The Woodturner"- A two day event featuring quite a list of presenters and a wide variety of topics. Click on the above image for the link to the home page and associated information. From Ruth Niles- Click on the above image for the link to registration. For The Newbies- Turning can be like dancing- there are lots of subtle moves that makes it an enjoyable pastime. This video from Kent Weakley demonstrates body movements that can really improve your turning abilities. Cap'n Eddie has a nice little video with a shop tip on protecting your lathe ways. Simple device and easily made- Our shops are almost always in a state of flux. New equipment, saying goodbye to old stuff and changes in interest can all lead to rearrangements. Some of you may be lucky enough to have local friends to compare notes and idea. Others need to rly of folks like Mike Peace to help with ideas on shop reorganization. Expand Your Horizons- Lyle shows shaping and hollowing small objects with Hollowing System and laser measuring. Richard Raffan posted a couple of really nice turned box videos. Both are cross grained turnings. The second video shows making a suction fit lid. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new lamp available. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/nebula-led-lamp Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- You may remember from last week, I was trying to figure out what to do with that piece of Manzanita. Gerald suggested carving it instead of turning. I seriously considered that, however, that would have required the purchase of new realm of tools/equipment. As I have already spent my allowance on a new laser engraver, turning it seemed to be the least expensive option. The piece had 3 nubs on the most flat side (circled) which seemed to say "these will be my feet". That meant some sort of mounting had to be made, on this side, for chucking the piece. The stumper was that the opposite side was anything but flat! Using scraps under what would become the top, and hot melt glue, the piece was fastened to my very old shop made chuck; making sure the 3 nub feet were at a level plane. Various length posts added to hold the piece while spinning. And some additional safety taping. Turned a recess. I wanted to leave as much of the natural shape as possible. If I had cut a dovetail mortice for the main mounting, the chuck would not fit with all of the natural shapes. Made a glue block and a paper joint. Utter failure! Considered just a plain glue joint but recently saw a lot of information on hot glue for mounting. I'm Sold! That stuff really holds!! Re-chucked in the lathe. Fairly well balanced and had no trouble with vibration up to and above 1000 rpms. Ready for sanding on the front. First coat of wipe on gloss poly. After the second coat, I'll see what it looks like. Then remove the glue block, reverse chuck it and finish up the area where the glue block is located. Safe turning
  15. Beautiful day today, 67° and sunny. Tomorrow, winter weather advisory. Ahh, spring time in PA. Our Patriot Turners- @BillyJack asked our members for input on some turning tools. Several gave their recommendations on what he might consider. I hope he posts the tools he gets so we can all drool over his choices! @Gerald gave us a look at some of the turnings that were done at the last club meeting. Gerald posted several more images of turnings that were done during the demonstration. Gerald said their guest demonstrator was Matt Monaco. If you do Instagram, here's a link to Mr. Monaco's page- https://www.instagram.com/monaco_bowls/. Gerald also posted some images, in response to some thoughts from last week's "Wednesday's...", showing some of the embellishments he has done using various tools. See this post for more pictures- I appreciate Gerald's willingness to share his knowledge with all of our turners. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links and more information. From the AAW- From Lyle Jamieson From Cindy Drozda- Not sure if you need a Facebook account to view this presentation- For The Newbies- From the AAW, a short video on sharpening- Mike Peace continues his series on lathe drilling. This video discusses drill bit selection- Expand Your Horizons- Cindy Drozda is asking for input on IRD content. She has developed an anonymous online questionnaire. Maybe you could help her by responding. Here's the link- https://us18.list-manage.com/survey?u=4fd7472bedaf1b07e398a732a&id=73c2cb5054&attribution=false Cindy also uploaded a video of the equipment she uses to do her IRD's and training videos. If you have thought about getting into this area, maybe her experiences might be helpful- Alan Stratton finishes up his series on the eccentric chuck and turnings with a video on making his chuck. Carl Jacobson turns a vase with an off-centered lid- New Turning Items- From Ruth Niles' latest newsletter- Click on the image for ordering. From the folks at Woodturners Wonders- FREE Shipping! https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/powermatic-3520c-lathe-100th-anniversary-edition Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- No turning for me this week. As the old saying goes- "No good deed goes unpunished". One of those-"if we supply the lumber will you donate your time". A little Free Library for the local state park- Just getting to the roof when the spring pin, in the table saw trunnion worm gear, decided to fall out. Of course everything had to fall down into the dust collector hose. It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood... Safe turning
  16. My apologies to @Smallpatch for giving credit to another member on making the chess piece. I have totally lost my mind. Finally got that computer change-over done (I think), we'll see whether the phone rings tonight. Note to self: clean out your own contact's list. No one need 2894 contacts to try to inform of a new email address. Our Patriot Turners- @Smallpatch was asked to recreate a chess piece. Can’t wait to see the results! Jess has a funny story to go along with the request. Be sure to check out his post- @HandyDanTurned a set of incredible earrings. Dan is our resident "inside-out" turning expert and these beauties accent his talents! Dan received lots of comments and he also describes his process in this post- It is encouraging to see our turner's progress as they post their projects. Some of our member have years of experience while others are relative new to the discipline. @Bob Hodge tells us about how he is developing his creativity gene. I love the way he has chosen to display his turnings. So much better than setting on a shelf. Please check out his post with his feelings about turning Patriot member @BillyJack posted a question for our members about lathe tools. Maybe you can help him decide on what to get- We've had a couple of additional comments added to previous posts. @Bundoman Update his post about his winter projects and his daughter's new lathe- And going back into October on a post concerning end grain turning problems, @Bob Hodge added this information- What’s Coming Up- Pretty well caught up-to-date on what's happening in the near future. For The Newbies- A couple of videos from Mike Peace on drilling on the lathe- and- An older video but a nice useful beginner project from Robo Hippy The first installment on spoon turning from Neal Brand- Expand Your Horizons- Alan Stratton continues his demonstration of the eccentric chuck. Stay tuned to this channel as he \has pronised to show how to make the chuck- Richard Raffan turns square plates- not without a little problem- Cindy Drozda discusses turning tool handles. This was a live presentation and a little lengthy but has great information- New Turning Items- If you turn segments pieces, you are probably aware of the wedgie sleds for the table saw. This video shows a similar device for the bandsaw. Not exactly new, the Tormek wet grinder has been around for a long time. Here's Glenn Lucas demonstrating the turning sharpening jigs for woodturning tools- Craft Supplies USA has some new turning blanks available. These are Chroma-Ply blanks https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/29/Project-Blanks?b=chromaply&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=chromaply&utm_campaign=22-02-blanks Woodturners Wonders has a Valentines sale. Check the website for more items and coupon code for discounts- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sweetheart-sale-2022 Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I have a Sorby spiraling and texturing tool. I'm not very good with it. But I've seen some awesome patterns created by turners like Darryl Jones- https://www.instagram.com/dreadknotwoodshop/?hl=en This is one of his pieces from his Etsy shop It amazes me what he, and others, can do. Anyway I've been practicing and recording results so I can reproduce the embellishments on other pieces. I probably should have picked a softer wood than white oak. Sometime back I made a tool described by Mike Peace for small pieces (the one with the brass shank). I use it on bowl bottoms for a spiral pattern. Safe turning and stay well
  17. Don't forget, Valentine's Day is on the horizon. Time to start dropping hints for that woodturning item you have been eyeing! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald turned a replacement bed finial for a friend. He challenged us to see if we can tell his turning from the original- You can provide your guess here- What’s Coming Up- Lots happening as the weather warms and fear of the virus diminishes. Click on the images for links to more information and registration. Cindy Drozda is hosting an on-line event- Lyle Jamieson's latest IRD will be on turning a goblet- Lyle also posted this to his Facebook page concerning in-person symposiums during 2022- The AAW associated "Women In Turning" is presenting Tania Radda- Another AAW associated presentation is- From Craft Supplies USA- For The Newbies- Lyle Jamieson posted this tip on Facebook. Hope you can see the video without a Facebook account- https://fb.watch/b2Ksz13F-V/ If you are just starting out, Jim Rodgers creates some great tool use videos. This one covers the parting tool and fluted spindle gouge. Interested in bowl turning? Ashley Harwood helps understand the tools need. Keep in mind, Ms. Harwood sells tools. If you have been turning for a little while, this shop made sanding station can really be an asset to your shop- Expand Your Horizons- Alan Stratton continues his series on eccentric turning with more ideas using his shop made jig/chuck- Alan also, demonstrates how to turn the perfect sphere without the aid of jigs- Mike Peace added a video on the topic of toxic wood. I know many of our members have had allergic reactions to various species. Along those same lines, I came across this video of a turner, garage engineering an HEPA filtration system. Passing it along for your enjoyment This one is for @Steve Krumanaker and his honey dippers. A really cool turned and beaded "honey box" by Carl Jacobson. New Turning Items- From the folks at Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Daryl Johns (Dread Knot Workshop) posted a review/demonstration of the new Robert Sorby Steady Pro for hollowing- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Woodturning seems to run in fads. Everyone does bowls, then hollowing, then acrylics. Lately I noticed a lot of surface colors. I have to say, although they are amazing, I still prefer to see the natural color of the species. I found a couple of pieces of white oak left over from a gun rack I made for a friend. The pieces were cutoffs and about 12" wide and 1"+ thick. Thinking about making something- maybe a platter. Turning the years of storage dirt away, the wood was true to its name- white. The grain was nondescript. Played around a little with some coloring ideas. I thought maybe black toner cartridge dust might fill the pores- not so much- but it did make an almighty mess on the lathe. Then tried brown paste shoe polish- not bad. Then black opaque resin dye- about the same. Last was amber transparent resin dye- better. Keep in mind I was only trying to accentuate the grain pattern- not color the entire surface. Applied the color and then skimmed the surface. Brown shoe polish- Black opaque resin dye- Amber transparent resin dye- I might just use oil based poly to give the piece a nice mellow glow. Who says you can't get curlies from carbide cutters- Safe turning and stay well
  18. Look on the bright side- only 8 more weeks until spring! Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor took a break from his media room ceiling to turn a sweet carver's mallet- In his post, Paul tells us the species and a little more about this turning- @RustyFN created a beautifully shaped bowl from spalted maple- Rusty said it still needed sanding. It sure is pretty even without it! What’s Coming Up- Don't forget the Worldwide Woodturners On-Line Symposium is coming up next week! https://www.woodturnersworldwide.com/ I received an email today from Craft Supplies USA that they are offering a $10. off coupon for the event- Picked this off of my Instagram account from Stuart Batty- In response to popular request, here’s my schedule for the first half of 2022. My classes are getting filled up quickly but reach out if you’re interested in any particular time/location. ~ Houston, TX: January 18-22 ~ @Woodturners_Worldwide: January 27-30 If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, use the code “stuart” for $10 discount. Featuring 35 demonstrations representing 9 countries. 80 hours of content. 30 days to watch. $2.25/demo. ~ @WoodworkersEmporium: Feb 28 – Mar 4 ~ @CraftSuppliesUSA: May 9-13 ~ San Diego, CA & Finger Lakes, NY: Dates TBD ~ A few IRDs and private classes. And I’m planning to be at the AAW symposium this year, so catch me there. If you haven’t already watched my free online instructions, be sure to check out https://vimeo.com/woodturning (link in bio). These videos are professionally shot so much higher quality than the ones on YouTube that are usually recorded by volunteers at my demos. I’m working on building a high-tech recording studio from scratch. I’m hoping to start releasing more high-quality instructions videos later this year. Looking forward to updating everyone on this project in the next few months in between my classes and demos. Resuming the SB Tools production is in planning. With the global disruption of the supply chain, lots of kinks to work out. In the meantime, check out @WoodworkersEmporium for any SB Tools inventory if you’re interested. If you do Instagram- here is a link- https://www.instagram.com/stuartbattywoodturning/ For The Newbies- Here's a nice little project to get started in bowl turning. Something everyone could probably use- If a bowl isn't quite what you are up to, watch Jim Rodgers explain how to create a platter. Some really great turning tips! Expand Your Horizons- It seem that more and more electronic devices are finding their way into wood turning. Personal lasers are becoming common place for embellishing and signatures. Now I see that Alan Stratton is making available some 3-D printed items in his Etsy store. Although, not strictly turning related, there has been an informative discussion in the General Woodworking Forum concerning dust collection. @Gerald initiated the thread and @PeteM added some great technical date. Check it out- On the dust collection topic, here is some good information from Robo Hippy New Turning Items- Some sale packages from the folks at Woodturners Wonders- (Click on the image for the link to the sales page) Ruth Niles has the new unique turning blanks in stock- Click on the above image for the link to Ruth's site. We mentioned this sometime back but it is definitely worth another look- Here's the link to Lyle Jamieson's site for prices and purchase information- https://lylejamieson.com/product/fireball/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I have been playing with my laser engraver. Finally was able to understand how the software works with help from a very knowledgeable gentleman in the software user's group. I found engraving signatures/dates on most items is pretty straight forward but rolling pins presented a challenge. I sign the rolling pins on one end. This needs the pin to be held vertically, be secure yet adjustable for focus. Started with a built up block and bored/turned a tapered hole The rolling pins are tapered so to hold them in place a couple of nylon screws to add pressure To allow for focus, the block had to adjust vertically, a couple of brackets with slots, wingnuts and washers I'm using my drill press table as a work surface, the addition of clamping pads to hold the jig to the to the table. First try on a rolling pin- I did get back to the lathe, too! When I did the Easy Wood Tools promotion at the Nittany Woodturners, they raffled off various items. I picked up a piece of black cherry burl and it has been taunting me ever since. Decided it would become a shallow bowl/platter. There is a void that I am not sure if I want to leave natural or fill with resin. This will be the top- The bottom- The void- Safe turning and stay well
  19. Hasn't been this busy on our forum in quite a while so let's just jump right in! Our Patriot Turners- We have had a new sub-forum added to the Woodturners Forum. The Ringmaster sub-forum is dedicated to those makers who create bowls using the Ringmaster method. You can find it listed under the main Woodturners Forum- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/98-ringmaster-turning/ Let's see some of those beautiful creations!! @Gerald gave us a look at a commissioned bowl he is in the process of turning- Gerald tells us about the species and more in his post as well as a bit about his "new" kiln- Gerald also posted an interesting article by Ron Brown providing some additional thoughts on Carbide tipped tools. We have had several insightful discussions here on the forum comparing traditional and carbide tools. @FrederickH posted a question to the group about using a fluted parting tool. Several of our members provided their insights. If you can help out Rick, give him your thoughts at- One of our newer members @adot45 gave us a look at his latest fantastic turning. Please see his post and welcome him to the forum! More about Dave and some additional images are in this post- And more here- Even @smitty10101 is getting into the stacked ring bowls! He is looking for information about a thin parting tool. If you have a source or have made such an animal, why not share your knowledge with him- @forty_caliber and family have taken some friends under their wing. As a way to help ease the sorrow of a loss, he has turned a memory box for a family member- Forty shows us some additional images in his post. Note the laser burned embellishments! Last week we had a question about bowl saver tools. Not sure this is what the author had in mind but @forty_caliber found one that will certainly doe the trick! @forty_caliber's post from last week generated additional input that might be useful for those following the discussion of hollowing tools- Or resident Christmas ornament designer has done it again. @Ron Altier turned this gorgeous little jewel- Ron explains his design idea in his post We had lots more from our members on @FlGatorwood's little train that could. If you missed it, here's where the discussion left off- @bradleyheathhays's post from last week also continued to receive comments and inputs. Here is the entire thread location- @Grandpadave52 gave us a heads up on the contest being run by Woodworker's Journal. The challenge was to turn a honey dipper. Not sure if our own @Steve Krumanaker entered the contest or he decided to let someone else win first place . https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/honey-dippers/ What’s Coming Up- Women In Turning in conjunction with the AAW presents Kailee Bosch, Rebecca DeGroot, and Marjin Wall to give short presentations about their work, ideas, and inspirations, followed by a group discussion and Q&A, led by artist and moderator Hayley Smith. The event is free and open to the general public. For registration- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/WIT/WIT-Home-Page.aspx?WebsiteKey=c9100f02-c77e-4177-a9bc-7d3eb0216238&hkey=7f6a65b2-ec98-472f-a7b6-2ac573f7258d&New_ContentCollectionOrganizerCommon=8&_zs=lMMTa&_zl=02Hp2#New_ContentCollectionOrganizerCommon For The Newbies- Nice little project for the coffee lover in the family. If you prefer a heavier version, Ruth Niles, https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ , has some stainless steel kits. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-classy-espresso-tamper/ Expand Your Horizons- Turning demo from Mike Waldt- New Turning Items- Tim Yoder has an improved hollowing rig- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have some special, short time deals on grinders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/pages/grinders Everything Else- Rick turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning and stay well
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  21. Just a reminder, please add tags when you make a post. Tags help others locate similar subject matter when doing a search of our forum. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan gave us some great tips on reverse chucking a bowl when finishing off the bowl bottom- Dan explains his method in this post- @smitty10101 Posed a question about end grain tear out when turning a bowl. This started a great discussion on the various causes of tear out and how to minimize it. Check out Smitty's post for all the input- PLEASE CHECK THE "FOR THE NEWBIES" SECTION FOR ADDITIONAL REFERENCES ON END GRAIN TEAROUT Unfortunately, Smitty, could have used Dan's technique for revers chucking. His bowl became airborne and didn't fare too well- Our members offered some suggestions to help prevent this from happening again. @AndrewB turned a maple bowl. This turning blank has some awesome grain and Andrew did a beautiful job! See his accompanying post for more about this turning- @Fred W. Hargis Jr says he is a non-turner. Looking at this project, I think he is underrating his skills. Fred asked our forum for information on creating a lathe tool handle. and then showed us his work- Well done, Fred, well done! What’s Coming Up- Click on the following image for links to more information and registration- If you are in the New Hampshire area, the Art Of Turning has several craft shows coming up https://www.artofturning.com/ Not sure how many of our members use Facebook. If you have an account there, maybe this will be of interest- The link for more information- https://fb.watch/8sHnZ7Gg_I/ For The Newbies- A nice article from Highland Woodworking covering Parting Tools- https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodturning/parting-tool-options-for-woodturning.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Read+the+October+2021+Issue+of+Wood+News+Online&utm_campaign=October+2021+Wood+News&vgo_ee=SSZUGqILrYqLrMaaxASZAzpxdzkQNl9LgdxZ9pnzLRY%3D Now about that end grain tear out, some resources that you may find helpful. Some are videos, some are articles- https://turnawoodbowl.com/14-ways-to-avoid-wood-grain-tear-out-with-wooden-bowls/ https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?285940-How-to-fix-end-grain-tearout-on-bowls Expand Your Horizons- A nice fall turning project from Tim Yoder- Mike Peace posted a short video on DIY finishes. Some interesting perspectives- New Turning Items- Ruth Niles' news letter arrived this week. She has those really nice pizza cutters in stock. They make excellent gifts if you know a pizza lover!! Who am I kidding- everyone loves pizza!!!!!!!!!!! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ The folks at Spiracraft have partnered with Nova and Woodcut Tools. See more at- https://spiracraft.com/?inf_contact_key=ca4abf70f183d368d7b987ce27196093 Don't forget, Woodturners Wonders offers group discounts for clubs- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Recently, the turning community lost one of its well known turners. Braxton Wirthlin passed away from cancer. I copied and pasted this from Ruth Niles's newsletter: Our community suffered a tremendous loss last week when Braxton Wirthlin lost his battle with cancer. He was only 42 and left behind a wife (Melissa) and two small children. Father, husband, son, maker, and incredible friend to so many, Braxton was always willing to help, share, or lend a hand to anyone who needed it. As a gifted woodturner and maker, he inspired so many people and his joy and passion for the craft were evident to all who had the chance to interact with him. The woodturning community is both overcome with this loss, and overflowing with love for this man. Rest in Peace, Braxton. You are and will always be loved and your memory will be cherished forever. Carl Jacobson, in honor of Braxton, created this turning- Rick Turns list of last week's turning videos on YouTube- Safe turning and stay well
  22. Saturday is the twentieth anniversary of 9-11. Tragic national events have a way of sticking with us and we remember exactly where we were. I have vivid memories of two such event. President Kennedy's assignation- I was in Memphis going to Navy electronics school. The 9-11 attack- I was teaching at the Vo-Tech school. Our Patriot Turners- @Fred W. Hargis Jr had a little misfortune with a small bowl he was turning. We never know just how deep some of the cracks can be in a blank- Fred asked our turners what they thought he should do at this point and he received lots of helpful advice. @Gerald teste his new laser on his hollowing rig! What a fantastic turning rig. Gerald said it is from Tim Yoder. He tells us more about this tool and some modifications in his post- Gerald was kind enough to give us information concerning some of the vendors at S.W.A.T. in a response to last week's "Wednesday's..." Our turners have also posted some of their work in other forums here on the Patriot- In the "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" section, @forty_caliber showed us a little problem he had with his lathe- Powermatic sent him a replacement for the handle. Forty also posted some turning he is doing, here- In our "Good Monday Morning" section, Forty posted a lid he is turning for the bowl pictured above- And, in our newly christened "Hump Day" section, @Fred W. Hargis Jr gives us a quick update on some handle turning- @forty_caliber made a design change in the lid for his bowl- @Gerald is setting up for a club meeting- What’s Coming Up- As a reminder, a couple of AAW associated on-line events coming up. Click on the images for links to registration. For The Newbies- New lathes usually come with a faceplate. That one may, or may not, be ideal for your needs. Alan Stratton shows us how to make several faceplates and why you might want several different types- Lacquer can make a nice finish on a turning. Here is Sam Angelo discussing use, application and thoughts on a lacquer finish- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson takes his beading and burning techniques to the next level! Has this happened to you? Someone asks you to make a turning but you discover that your lathe isn't long enough to make the piece. Here, Ernie Conover gives us techniques to overcome the problem- sorry, it's not buying a bigger lathe And, just for the heck of it, watch Tim Yoder turn a gigundous platter- New Turning Items- The folks from Woodturners Wonders have a new smaller 4-in-1 CBM wheel. This one is 6" in diameter- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/6-inch-wheels/products/6-4-in-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Time to replenish my stock of rolling pins. The most time consuming part of them is making the walnut and cherry inserts- which does not require any turning. I had a cherry board in the shop but needed to drag up a few walnut boards from the wood storage shed. Each insert strip needs to be 10.5" long x 2" wide and .125' thick. I got started by ripping all the boards to the 2" width and 22" long. The thicknesses varied from about 1" to 1.25"- Next, surface plane to one good side- Then I need to re-saw the pieces into thinner slices. My old Taiwanese bandsaw doesn't do well with a rip fence so I scribe a line to follow. Just a tad under 3/16" Using a re-saw post and slice off a strip- After all the boards have the thin strip removed, it's back to the planer to smooth away the saw marks for the next strip. Wash, Rinse and Repeat until all of the boards have been converted into thin strips The strips have one smooth side- from the planer, and one rough side from the re-saw operation. They are all about 3/16" thick but have slight variations. To bring them to the final thickness and remove the saw marks, out comes the shop made drum sander. The drum sander was built just for this purpose. I used to use the oscillating spindle sander and a fence but I couldn't get consistent thicknesses along the length of the inserts. Notice there is no belt feed! Also, about the maximum I can remove with one pass is .01". This is gonna take a while!!! 3 passes thru and still need about 3 or 4 more to get to .125" Safe turning and stay well
  23. Typical August weather here this week and it's expected to get hotter as the week goes on. Good excuse to spend time in the basement shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker moved from hollow vessels to bowls. Steve posted a gorgeous maple bowl for us to slobber over- The grain and natural combine to make a magnificent piece! Steve tells us about this turning in his post- @forty_caliber created a lovely vase from a pecan log. He received lots of positive comments on this one. I especially like the shape and can't wait to see the results when he adds the finish! Check out more in his post- @HandyDan received a request to duplicate a spindle for a friend. Dan does these freehand- without the aid of a duplicator! They sure look good. Please see his post for more about the wood he used and some of the great comments- @AndrewB also received a turning request. This one was for a bowl. I really like his choice of woods. Andrew uploaded several progress photos in his post on this turning- What’s Coming Up- Received this information from Lyle Jamieson. If you or your club are considering personalized virtual instruction, this might be the way to go. Click on the image for the link- From "SWAT" about their upcoming event The AAW has several events coming in the future. Here's their landing page for what is currently in the works- For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on turning bottle stoppers. He uses a stainless stopper from Ruth Niles. Ruth's latest newsletter came this week. A nice article about Rebecca DeGroot. If you don't get Ruth's newsletter, you can signup at her website- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Mike Waldt has been producing live question and answer sessions to assist the beginning (and not so new) turner. Although these are a little long, there is always lots of great information. This one is on design, esthetics and techniques. Expand Your Horizons- Andrew showed us a bowl created by gluing up boards. Here's more ideas using boards to create bowls- Mike Waldt uses the techniques in his previous video to turn an elm bowl- New Turning Items- You would not typically expect to find this a a woodturner's website, but Lyle Jamieson isn't your typical woodturner. I'm thinking this should be in everyone's workshop- Something new at the Nova site for woodturners- https://www.teknatool.com/product-category/shopnovapartsdirect/wood-blanks/?mc_cid=3dcac8d0b5&mc_eid=41cbcbe595 Some pretty good prices at the Woodturners Wonders site, too- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- There's a couple of products I have been anxious to try- Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Ordered a container of each today from Woodworld of Texas to see how it works. It's a little expensive but if it works... Kinda disappointed in the shipping costs- UPS from Texas to PA $19.41! Maybe it has lead mixed into it. Safe turning and stay well
  24. Been a busy week here at the Patriot with lots going on with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber showed us an oak crotch bowl he is turning. Really looks fantastic- He received lots of positive comments on this one. Here's his post- "Forty" also posted a picture of a rough turned pecan bowl. Some beautiful grain in this one! He tells us a little about it and posted a few more pictures here- @Steve Krumanaker has been busy with several turnings. The first one is a sweet looking bowl that he said ran him through the funnies! Steve explains what happen- Regardless, he received lots of positive comments. Bowls weren't the only type of turnings Steve did this week. He made another vase from the Flame Box Elder log. I love the finish he obtained on this one! Check out the comments from our gang- @AndrewB is setting up to do some resin casting. You may remember, he purchased a pressure pot sometime back. In this post, Andrew tells us about the resin he purchase. He received several comments and questions. I'll be following along on this one!! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Woodturner's Retreat- Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- An informative short video from Mike Peace on the chuck held drive center. One of these could certainly reduce the need for removing your chuck- Looking for a fun little project? Carl Jacobson turns some honey dippers- Woodturning Monthly from the Woodworker's Journal is available- Click on the above image for the link to the newsletter Expand Your Horizons- @forty_caliber found an interesting video on bowl drying. The video's author uses a dehydrator to speed up the process. This is "Forty's" post. If you view the video on YouTube, the author has a second video with additional tests. @Gerald has posted several bowls he has turned for the Beads Of Courage group. This video is from Kent (Turn A Wooden Bowl) and demonstrates the turning process as well as providing links for getting involved- While I was at this bowl turning site, I noticed another video on end grain bowls. You can create some really impressive turning when the bowl is oriented in this position. We posted a multi-axis turning from Alan Stratton. He has updated that video with some shop made jigs. New Turning Items- Well, open those wallets! Lots of new items are hitting the market. Navigate to site links by clicking on the images Woodturners Wonders- Ron Brown's new jam chuck kit- Klingspor from the virtual AAW. Kinda long but lots of good information- Vendor showcase- Not new but really handy- Everything Else- A well deserved honor- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finally finished up the little walnut end grain bowl and the large cherry bowl. Both bowls have rounded lips. The bases of the bowls have a rounded foot that mimics the lip. Both finished with gloss poly and of course both were turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning and stay well
  25. Just a reminder that we are about 2 weeks into our summer raffle to help offset the costs of running the Patriot site. If you haven't already picked up your tickets for some awesome prizes, here's the scoop! Our Patriot Turners- Our turners were back at their lathes this week! @RustyFN posted his curly maple segmented bowl and it is a beauty! Rusty received lots of positive comments about it. Check out the post at- @AndrewB turned a slightly different style pepper mill. The grinding mechanism is different from his past turnings- Andrew shows us his progress from the rough blank to the finished mill- Andrew also gave us a review of his new buffing system He gave us the link to this product in his post- One of our long time members posted his first turning. @Ron showed us the beginnings of a cane he is making- He received lots of encouragement and some suggestions on this turning- @forty_caliber poste a question about using the parting tool. Check out his post and see if you can offer some suggestions or ideas- @Steve Krumanaker started turning a tall vase from flame box elder. Looks like this is going to be a beauty! More images in Steve's post- Just a note here, if you subscribe to the Woodworker's Journal, next issue has an article about flame box elder- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/box-elder/ Steve has decided to up his game, when deep hollowing, and ditch the laser pointer for a more advance method of determining wall thickness. Check out his post on his most recent upgrade- @Gerald challenged us to post our Mother's Day turning gifts. Gerald's gift turning is fantastic! See additional images and our member's comments in his post- I need to start writing down the trails to some of the stuff for each weeks Wednesday's... I can't remember how I came across this video of Gerald's presentation to the Magnolia Woodturners- What’s Coming Up- A little something different from Cindy Drozda- Click on the above image to Cindy's site and registration information. From the AAW- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- We have been linking videos from Record Power on lathe maintenance. Although aimed at a specific lathe model, the information can be pretty much applied to any lathe. Here is part# 3Part# 3 of Mike Waldt's beginner series for turners. Again this is a replay of a live session and is kind of long. From the World Wide Wood Turners, a nice demonstration on various methods of holding a turning. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Waldt has something for the more advanced turner in this video- Alan Stratton's take on chasing threads Mike Peace recently published a video on the various types of spiraling and texturing tools. Within the video, Mike refers to links for longer videos on each tool. He also has a PDF article that can be downloaded at- https://www.mikepeacewoodturning.com/2019/05/03/texturing-and-spiraling/ IMHO, there can be no greater honor than to be asked to create a burial urn. Sam Angelo has a video demonstrating how to calculate the internal volume using some easily made measuring devices. New Turning Items- Robert Sorby Brand Ambassador Darryl Jones introduces the Deluxe Sovereign TurnMaster Box Set- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a heavy duty compass capable of drawing 28" circles. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/12-inch-carpenters-compass Premier Gauges has some interestingly designed wall and bottom thickness gauges- More information can be found at- https://premiergauges.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I had one last piece of cherry but it had some pretty nasty cracks. Decided to see what could be found inside. I'm surprised that I could get this much. Sill a couple of cracks that will need taken care of At this point I normally submerge the piece in the soap and water solution for a couple of days and then on to drying in a paper bag with shavings. Turned out my pot is only 12" in diameter!. I CA'ed the cracks, wrapped the bowl in stretch wrap and put it in my little drying box (ala Rick Turns). Then for the cleanup! Safe turning and stay well
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